Government and Officers
“Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good” (Titus 3.1 NLT).
Obeying our government and officers doesn’t mean we have to like them, but we have to trust that God put certain people as our authority for a reason. Obedience is a difficult exercise of faith, especially when we don’t feel like obeying or don’t necessarily agree with the request. But as long as we are not going against God’s standard, obedience will keep us on a path to victory and advancement. Yes, people with authority may abuse their power and persecute us, but God will use our struggle to make us more into the image of Jesus and to accomplish His Kingdom Plan. God did not create evil in this world, but He can use it as a tool to sharpen and mold us. As long as we are not doing anything that compromises God’s Word and His Will, we should submit to the people and entities in authority. We can trust that God will redeem any situation in which we find ourselves the victim as long as we stay true to His call of obedience. Also, we can go beyond the call of duty of obedience and be “ready to do what is good.” We can surprise people when we repay them good for the evil they use against us. And just maybe they will see something different in us and begin to look closely at the God they see in us. No matter what, God promises us a special blessing if we can keep our hope and joy in Christ even when the world seems to be against us.
“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3.9 NIV).