Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
As we enter a political year, there will undoubtedly be lots of conversations and debates and discussion regarding domestic and foreign policy, the differences between Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, socialism and capitalism. While living in a democracy where we are given the right to express our thoughts and opinions, per the First Amendment, it means we have the right, to some degree even the obligation, to express our disagreement with our government when we believe they are wrong. However, we must ever keep in mind that scripture tells us “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God… For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed” (Rom 13:1, 6-7). In other words, we should vocally disagree with our government when it is necessary, but we should be careful about how we disagree, refraining from insults and slander. Even politicians are made in the image of God (James 3:9-10).
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