“Pray For Our Leaders” (Romans 13: 1, ESV) by Carley Evans

“You would have no authority over Me at all except it had been given you from above,” says Jesus to Pilate.

Paul writes that we should “be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Paul reminds us that when we resist established authority we are resisting God Himself.

Authority is established by God, of course in order to keep us under control. We are given law which we are expected to obey. We run a red light, steal money, talk back to our parents, cheat on an exam; then there are consequences. “Rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad.” (Romans 13: 3)

We are to pay taxes. The Pharisees say to Jesus, “We know you do not care about anyone’s opinion. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” Of course, Jesus knows they are not interested, but are malicious. He says to pay taxes to the government while also meeting our obligations to God.

Interestingly, Caesar’s government at the time, is considered oppressive. We are talking about major oppression. The people are ready for a change, anticipating a Messiah who will deliver them from evil.

Instead, Jesus comes and tells them to pay their taxes, obey the laws, submit to authority. What?

Today, we find ourselves in a similar position. We are to obey those who are in leadership roles in our government. God has established them, and their positions. The answer: Pray for our leaders. Pray for the world’s leaders. Pray for our country; pray for all countries. Pray.

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