Romans 13

1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.

2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God, and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.

3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;

4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for anything; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.

5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.

6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.

7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

The apostle Paul tells us that governments are established by the authority of God.  This is really an interesting concept when you consider the state of the governing authorities at the time of Paul’s writing.  Corruption was the norm, but still, Paul instructs Christians to “do what is good.”


James says:

James 4:17 “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin“.

The Bible teaches in a number of places that Governments exist at the good pleasure of the Creator (the book of Daniel).  If God gives his Children the chance to assist in the selection of the men and women who make up that government, who make the laws, who enforce the laws, then it seems to me that Christians should use such opportunities to “do what is good” and vote for men and women who uphold Biblical values.  It seems to me that this is the “right thing to do.”

As Christians, we should consider how the candidates stand on the issues and not get caught in the trap of voting strictly along party lines. Check voting records and see which candidates most closely follow Biblical standards. Some Christians just vote the Democratic or the Republican ticket because their parents voted that way.  We should vote for the best man or woman for the job. They should not only be qualified for the job but should be moral people with good character traits. Voting for someone just because they tell us certain things that sound good is not the way to vote.

VOTE-because it is your civic and religious duty; Exodus 18:21 – “But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens”.


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