In peace: We shall have peace
Beloved, the injunction of the Lord on what our obligation to constituted authority should be is to pray for those in authority and the peace of the place, where we dwell because it is in that peace that we also shall have our peace. Since civil government is an ordinance of God, we are bound to seek the peace and welfare of the nation in which God’s providence appointed us to dwell as our home, and must, therefore, yield to all its laws, except only when it commands what God forbids.
Wherever a man lives and has his nourishment and support is his country, as long as he resides in it. If things go well with that country, his interest is promoted by the general prosperity of the place. But if the country is in turmoil, the situation will adversely affect both the citizen and the stranger. Every passenger should be concerned about the safety of the ship. That is why God instructs that we should intercede prayerfully for those in the authority and the peace of the nation.
As Christians, we should endeavour to promote, as far as we can, the prosperity of the places in which we live and never allow any disaffection to appear in word or action. We must understand that if the earth were the Lord’s, then, wherever a child of God is, he does not go off His Father’s ground. That place is his country in which he is well off. If things were not as they have been, instead of fretting at that, he should pray and hope that they will be better than they are. We should not do anything to ignore to our peril the junction of God, which is that we should seek the good of the country where we are.
We have the obligation to pay allegiance to the constituted authority, and live quiet and peaceable under it, in all godliness and honesty, not plotting to shake off its yoke if any, but patiently leaving it to God in due time to work deliverance for us.
Titus 3:1-2 says, “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men”
In the present day of Christianity, it is regrettable to observe that great scandal has been brought upon religion by the undutiful carriage of false notion of Christian obligation. Thus, it becomes imperative to put Christians in mind of their duty and to inculcate it earnestly upon them, that Christianity might not be slandered upon this account. The duty of subjection to governors and governments, and of obedience to magistrates and rulers, is of very great importance, and ought to be enforced.
A Christian should be always ready to do good and pray for those in authority as far as he is able. He should not need to be urged, or coaxed, or persuaded, but should be so ready always to do good that he will count it a privilege to have the opportunity to do it. To refuse to pray for those in authority is not only a disobedient to God’s injunction but a sign of ungodliness.Beloved, let us apply the wisdom of the serpent and the innocence of the dove required to be true to the government where we live, for in the peace thereof we shall have peace; because should the country be embroiled in war.
We may have the greatest share in the calamitous effects of it as Children of disobedient. Therefore, let’s fear the Lord our God, love Him and walk in the ways in which he has appointed us to walk, so, that we shall have peace.
No comments yet