E-Free Church - Gaylord Campus
Hail to the Chief Part 1
How many of you know that we are in an interesting election year? Join us as we look at what the bible says our response should be as Christians to governmental authority even if we don't like it, even if we didn't vote for the person who got elected. It's important that we respond biblically to whatever happens on November 8th.
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    1649 M-32, Gaylord, MI 49735, USA
    Sunday 5:00 AM
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Every person

In the broad sense = every human being

In the general sense = Paul is speaking to every Christian (Rome)

This is not a political issue, it is a spiritual issue (non-partisan issue)
Be in subjection

Military term referring to soldiers lining up for battle under the authority of a ranking superior

It involves obedience and respect (Children – obey & honor parents)

This is a command, not an option
To whom?
To the governing authorities (also seen in Titus 3:1-2)
There appears to be no general exceptions

Competent or Incompetent
Moral or Immoral
Cruel or Kind
Godly or Ungodly
Democrat or Republican
Voted For or Voted Against

The leader in the Roman Empire at the time was Nero

One historian called him “the most despicable manifestation of human flesh ever to disgrace the planet”

He executed his own wife and mother; He hated Christians (put them in animal skin; used them as human lanterns)

Tacticus said that the people pitied Christians who were used to gratify the cruelty of an individual
The exception is a law/command requiring one to disobey God

(Exodus 1:7) – Jewish midwives disobeyed Pharaoh’s order to kill all Jewish babies

(Exodus 1:20-21) – God blessed them as a result
The exception is a law/command requiring one to disobey God

Daniel and his 3 friends refused to obey the king which would have cause them to disobey the dietary laws

God blessed their civil disobedience
Even while disobeying, they showed authorities respect
They respectively sought permission for an exception
They referred to themselves as the commander’s servants

The exception is a law/command requiring one to disobey God

Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego disobeyed Nebuchadnezzar’s command to worship the golden image (3:16-18)

God blessed their civil disobedience (Daniel 3:26-27)
The exception is a law/command requiring one to disobey God

Daniel disobeyed King Darius’ command to pray to no other god but him (Daniel 6:10, 16)

God blessed his civil disobedience (Daniel 6:25-27)

Daniel had no malice and showed respect for the king even declaring, “O, king, live forever!”
Peter and John disobeyed the Jewish authorities command to not speak of Jesus

In each case, those involved were willing to pay the consequences
For there is no authority except from God and those which exist are established by God

Daniel 2:21 – God removes Kings and establishes Kings
1 Kings 12:15 – Turn of affairs with Jeroboam brought by God
Jeremiah 27:6 – God gave lands into hands of Nebuchadnezzar
John 19:10-11 – Pilate had no authority except from God
All Human government is ordained by God (MacArthur quote)

“No human government at any time in history, at any place on earth, among any people on earth, at any level of society has ever existed or will ever exist apart from the sovereign authority of God”

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