Re: Verse reading–Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (day four)
Is civil government autonomous from God? Can they do what they want and we are commanded to obey? Government is not equal to God, it is in subjection to Him. If government commands against God’s commands, it has abdicated its authority. The blood of the martyrs, who stood for truth against the tyranny of their nations, speaks in testimony. If the government is autonomous from God, they are exalted to a position equal to or greater than Him…that’s called idolatry. No prayer in school, abortion on demand, redefinition of marriage and the family, or parental rights given over to the state…do we obey God or man? How do we respond? Paul writes to Timothy that first it is a call to prayer. “Prayers are to be made on behalf of all men, for kings and for all in authority…” Have we made and are we continuing to make the first step?