‘Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.’ Romans 13.1
Scripture is a source of blessing and comfort as it points us to our loving Father who has given us our salvation through His Son. Scripture is at the very heart of our journey in faith. Christians strive to use Scripture in their daily lives carefully and faithfully.
Sadly, Scripture has been misused throughout the ages to justified all manner of abuses. The first verse from St. Paul's letter to the Romans has been used by nations to cover all manner of wrongs and evils. Yes, the Christian is to obey the ruling authorities as all authority in heaven and earth belongs to God, which He grants to human authorities. It is the responsibility of the Christian to be aware of what their government is doing, if the government is acting in a just and fair manner or if it is acting outside the will and purpose of God.
If the government is seen to be within the purposes of God, then the Christian ought to obey even if they do not completely agree with everything the government does. If the government goes against God, then the Christian is not bound to obey the government, indeed, the Christian is called to resist an unjust and immoral government.
As we celebrate the Fourth of July next week, let us give thanks that we live under one of the best and most just systems of governance the world has ever seen. It is not a perfect system, but it strives to improve itself as the needs arise. Pray for all those in elected office, that they govern justly and fairly and exercise your rights and responsibilities as a citizen.