Recently I saw Glenn Beck being interviewed by O’Reilly. I don’t know what you think of Beck, but what jumped out at me was how arrogant he was. He had this pompous attitude that his views were obviously right and everyone else’s were wrong.
I usually don’t write on politics. Dicey topic among Christians. But this morning I was reading Romans 13 and verse 1 jumped out at me: Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”
Most Christians are Republican or Independent. So when a more conservative President or Congress are in power, we have no problem living out this verse. But what about now? Are we submitted to our governing authorities?
The word that Paul uses for “submit” was a Greek military term meaning “to arrange [troop divisions] in a military fashion under the command of a leader”. In non-military use, it was “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden”.
The tone of many people, not just Beck, but even many Christians is not one of voluntary cooperation. “Well, when the other side starts cooperating…” I am so glad Jesus didn’t have this attitude. Paul, speaking about Jesus, tells us that we should have the same attitude as Christ and not think of ourselves more highly than we should.
Why do Christ followers get so beleaguered by our current President or current political system? What are we worried about? Arguably, Christianity had a more positive impact on society when the Church was being persecuted in the first century. What are we afraid of with President Obama? According to Romans, God put him there.
Take a moment and evaluate how cooperative you are towards your government officials. Start praying for our government officials. I will and I will start praying for Beck and O’Reilly too. It might change our attitude and approach to those in authority.