The Bible has much to say about submission: to God (James 4:6-7), to political authorities (Romans 13:1-7), to church leadership (Heb 13:17), within marriage (Col 3:18), and even a general submissiveness of all Christians to one another (Eph 5:21). Romans 13 teaches us that everyone must be subject to governing authorities, all the more if you’re a Christian because you are expected to do so. How many of us are quick to switch churches because of relatively minor issues? Instead of praying for our Christian leaders, many of us spend more time complaining about them. Instead of submitting to them, we ignore or even oppose their instructions.
The Bible teaches us that subjection to authority is right and good. How we submit to the authority that God has placed over us and how we learn to exercise authority will greatly effect our usefulness for the glory of God. It will also greatly impact the fulfillment of God’s purposes for our lives. We should Obey the Law.
Why should we submit to the governing authorities in the Philippines?
13 1 All of you must obey the government rulers. No one rules unless God has given him the power to rule. And no one rules now without that power from God. 2 So if anyone is against the government, he is really against what God has commanded. And so he brings punishment on himself. 3 Those who do right do not have to fear the rulers. But people who do wrong must fear them. Do you want to be unafraid of the rulers? Then do what is right, and the ruler will praise you. 4 He is God’s servant to help you. But if you do wrong, then be afraid. The ruler has the power to punish; he is God’s servant to punish those who do wrong. 5 So you must obey the government. You must obey not only because you might be punished, but because you know it is the right thing to do. 6 And this is also why you pay taxes. Rulers are working for God and give their time to their work. 7 Pay everyone, then, what you owe him. If you owe any kind of tax, pay it. Show respect and honor to them all. (Romans 13:1-7 ICB)
Submission to God
Because there is no authority over us except that which God has established (Romans 13:1). Consequently, he who rebels against the governing authority is rebelling against what God has instituted (Romans 13:2). Those who have been given places of authority have responsibility before God for the exercise of a certain amount of power and influence over others.
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For he is God's servant to do you good. (Romans 13:4)
Sick? Who would organize our hospitals? Subsidize prescriptions at drug store. Promotes education, law and order, the arts, the environment. Hold major oil companies to account for the oil prices, economic activities, monitor trade and investments, business, infrastructure, jobs for the good of their citizens, etc. Governments exist for our benefit and well-being.
Here is the question: When our government misuses our resources for instance taxes – should we avoid paying taxes? the answer is NO.
17 So tell us what you think. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 18 But Jesus knew that these men were trying to trick him. So he said, “You hypocrites! Why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me a coin used for paying the tax.” The men showed him a silver coin.[b] 20 Then Jesus asked, “Whose picture is on the coin? And whose name is written on the coin?” 21 The men answered, “Caesar’s.” Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. And give to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:17-21)
Our response is do what is right because we honor God above the Government. Like Daniel and his three friend when faced with obedience to the law that contradicts their faith, they stood up and did what is right in the eyes of God. Compromise should never be our default. Let us not be like those tax corporations even individuals, who raise revenue in one nation, then shift profits to another nation in order to pay less taxes. Submission to human authority does not mean that we are never involved in the decision making process. In fact, respectfully communicating with our leaders about issues is an important part of the political process of the government to know what is the best for the nation and its people. And also submission does not mean that those who submit are less important, less intelligent, or less godly than those to whom we are told to submit.
Even Jesus was submissive to the plans of God the Father, “Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant ... he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!” (Phil 2:6-9 NIV; see also Luke 22:39-44).