Respecting Authority from a Biblical Viewpoint
In today’s modern world Americans are used to every creature comfort and things being done in ways that suit them, but when our leader’s decisions aren’t to our liking what should we do? Do we take our cues from the colonists, who rebelled against their government? Or should we follow Phillis Wheatley’s example when it came to respecting authority? This essay will compare and contrast the different viewpoints of the colonists and Phillis Wheatley in relation to the biblical teachings about obeying authority.
The Bible tells us that we are subject to government officials who have been placed into power by God. In Titus 2 we are given characteristics to look for in men that would qualify as godly leaders. Titus 2:7-8 “In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach.” (NASB) However, when corrupt leaders come into political positions Christians must know how to properly respond. Romans 13 directs Christians to do what is good, and have no fear of authority for it is God who will judge those who practice evil. Romans 13:3-4; “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…For it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.” (NASB) In essence, God is in so control we are to obey his leadership and the authority that he has ordained over us and he’ll take care of the rest.
In the second paragraph of The Declaration of Independence the colonists make the argument that when a government is no longer beneficial to the people it is their right to tear it down and start anew. “Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.” However, looking back at the...
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