Day 115: All Authority Is God’s

Romans 13:1

Let every soul be in subjection to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those who exist are ordained by God.

This is a very interesting topic that, I believe, many misunderstand about Christianity. Christianity is in favor of authority and promotes it because the Bible
teaches us that all authority comes from God. Since this is true, we owe it to God to obey the authorities.

Christianity doesn’t support anarchy. In fact, it is opposed to it because it is authority, not its’ absence, that God provides. He is not a God of lawlessness and disorder.

Like most every good idea, evil men pervert authority in order to oppose God and do harm to mankind. Being in subjection to authority does not give anyone the right to disobey God! If it comes to a choice between the a human leader and God, we are obligated, as we read of the apostles, to obey God rather than men. Another way to think of it is that if all authority comes from God and two authorities disagree, go with the highest Authority.

Notice that God hasn’t given up any authority. He only “ordained” it. He is still the leader.

Government: The Bible doesn’t say that “the governed” are the ones who actually give authority. We do know that God’s Holy Spirit lives in each Christian believer, so as long as a society is primarily made up of believers in Jesus Christ, one can expect a majority vote to be helpful. However, a Democracy can fall very quickly when Jesus is not in the hearts of those who vote. Decency is not common. The Bible actually teaches that sin is common and God is the reason for the structure that supports our existence.