Over/Under

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:1–2

The way you respond to human authority you can see reveals your attitude toward your Heavenly Father that you can’t see. How you respond to people in authority shows whether or not you honor God who set that authority over your life. We have to recognize that – God is the author of authority.

“We will never be over those things that God has set under us until we learn to be under those things that God has placed over us. There is strength through surrender.” -Adrian Rogers

The power of this text, Romans 13, is not just the content but the context. This was written in the days of the reign of the emperor Caesar Nero. He hated the followers of Jesus so much he would have them routinely arrested, dipped in wax and set on fire in his garden to give ambience for parties he would throw. He burned Rome and murdered members of his own family.

Paul is living under the reign of Nero as he’s talking about obeying the governing authorities. So far as you’re not specifically told to do something sinful or illegal, you honor and are subject to the authority God has placed over you. If you resist authority because you don’t agree, you are resisting the authority God has appointed.

“Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” – I Samuel 15:23

If we have authority issues, what we’re really saying is we have a problem with God.