It is hard to speak in America about submitting to evil authority because our country is practically founded on rebelling against oppressive authority. Therefore our country holds up those who have rebelled against the status quo or against oppressors. There have been biblically based resistance to authority such as the civil rights movement, but there has also been plenty of instances where rebellion is obviously ungodly. However, in many of these occasions our country honors those who have probably should not have stood up to authority. Even in the decade which produced the civil rights movement there were rebellions to culture and society which produced harmful results. As Christians how are we called to respond to the various authorities in our life wether they are good or bad authorities? 

When we look to Christ we see our example of what it means to submit to authority. First off we must understand that Christ was perfect. Therefore it would have been fully just for him to overthrow the authorities which persecuted him. However, he did not do this. Instead he submitted to these authorities all the way to the cross. How much more are we called to do this even though we are far from perfect. Secondly we see that Christ submitted to the authorities out of love for his people and for his Father in heaven. Jesus submitted to the cross and the Roman authority of putting criminals to death out of obedience to his Father and in order to rescue his people. Therefore we are called to submit to the authorities in our lives out of love and obedience to Christ. 

Finally we see that God works out all things for his glory and for our good. What better example of this than Jesus on the cross. To everyone who witnessed Jesus on the cross they thought that the movement which Jesus had started had come to an abrupt end. Surely no one starts something by dying in the shameful death on a cross. However Jesus through his death on the cross conquered death and sin for all those who place their faith in him. How much more can we submit to the hard providences of our lives knowing that God will glorify himself and that these providences will be for our good. 


Scripture: 1 Samuel 24:1-22
Sermon: The Godliness of Submission


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