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Practical Theology - Part 35 - Romans 13:1-7
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Big Idea: When we honor government and its leaders, then we honor God.
I. Government’s Role (vv. 1-7)
A. As Christians, we are to live at peace with others and practice forgiveness by recognizing God’s role in just punishment (Rom. 12:18-21). It also means we recognize governments role in bringing order and stability to a civil society. God can and does use human agencies to accomplish His will.
B. We see that government’s role:
1. Has been appointed by God (vv. 1-2) – God want those in authority to govern fairly and justly, but He will use even evil actions to accomplish His good will.
2. Has been appointed to establish law and order (vv. 3-4) – Civil governments have a duty to provide stability and safety to the populace, and to do it impartially.
C. Paul’s point here is not to endorse evil rulers or regimes, but to recognize governments rightful place in the order of relationships established by God.
II. Our Responsibility (vv. 1-7)
A. While government has its role, we also have a responsibility to live as good citizens who honor God by honoring what He has established. But this doesn’t mean that we don’t have our boundaries…
1. Recognize and be subject to government authority and responsibility (vv. 1-2; cf. 1 Pet. 2:13-17).
2. Recognize the laws of the land and be subject to them (vv. 3-5). Exceptions to this, see Acts 4:19-20; 5:27-32.
3. Pay what we owe in taxes (vv. 5-6; cf, Matt. 22:15-22).
4. Pray for our leaders (cf. 1 Tim. 2:1-2).
C. Nowhere does it say that we must agree with all the laws or actions of our government or that we cannot be involved in shaping policy, but our goal is ultimately to glorify God.

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