Golfstat Sunday Devotional
In this video, CGF Staff Member John Darby (Southeastern Region) encourages everyone playing in the first tournament of the season and shares a devotional message on submission to authorities from Romans 13:1-7.
This week, in light of all the political discussions and debates that surround the upcoming election, I thought we would go over Romans chapter 13. This text is not going to tells us whether we should vote Republican or Democrat. It’s not going to tell us exactly what the tax bracket should look like.
But what it will do is give us some good principles to go by when addressing political issues—and especially the leaders in our government. And how to approach that in light of the Gospel.
Romans 13:1-7 (ESV)
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. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good.
But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.
Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
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