USING FACEBOOK, EMAILS, AND BLOGGING RIGHTEOUSLY
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Romans 13:1
When those in authority over me are righteous, I thank God for them and have no trouble believing that they are God’s choice for rule. But when leaders are unrighteous, even evil, what then? Are they God-appointed? Do I have to obey them? And, if so, how far should my obedience go? Is it ever right to wage a rebellion? God is clear that he puts rulers of this world in their positions.
- Pharoah ~ Paul quotes God as telling Pharoah, “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Romans 9:17
- Nebuchadnezzar ~ He thought he was superior to Jehovah because of the size of the kingdom he had amassed. Yet, God reminded him that “the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.” Daniel 4
- Pilate ~ Speaking to Jesus under arrest, he said “Don’t you know that I have the power to free you or to crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.” John 19:11
As a citizen to a government that is morally corrupt, I am called by God to obey and show respect to their authority. God has put them there. They are but puppets in the big scheme of things; playing a part in God’s sovereign plan.
But, my obedience is not unlimited. When they disobey God and rule unrighteously, God leads me to speak up and declare truth. However, He does NOT call me to lead a rebellion and take up arms. My sword is the Word of God. While I may strain under ungodly leadership, whether nationally or locally, or within a company I work for, I am called to obey company rules, pay taxes, honor speed limits, and show respect to God-appointed leadership.
With Facebook, blogging, and the ability to forward emails to thousands of people at one time, disrespect and name-calling for those in authority are rampant. Christians can be the guiltiest. A dozen times a week, caricatures of Obama flood into my inbox; cartoons that name-call, ridicule, and malign. This is not of God. While I may not like many things that Barack Obama stands for, I should speak respectfully about the views he takes that are in opposition to the purposes of God. I am called to treat him honorably. Emails should abound that encourage my friends to pray for those in leadership.
What any of us say on Facebook, or in emails, should be the same things we would have no trouble saying to our Father in prayer. Yet, I can be one way in prayer and a renegade with my pen; a divided kingdom that forfeits the blessing of God. May it not be.
There are times I cannot obey those in authority over me. But that does not erase my respectful talk of them. Even with the sword of Your truth in my mouth, let me deliver Your words as Moses did. Humbly, plainly, void of venom. Amen