“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” Romans 13:1-2 (KJB)
There are many people who honor the order of law, and endeavor to give honor to those who are giving their lives to defend, protect, and serve us. People such as our local county Sheriff’s departments, city police, firemen, Emergency Medical Services, and the soldiers of our nation’s military should be admired, revered, given honor, and paid rightly.
When we honor these men and women we in one respect give honor to God. God is the One who has ordained the “higher powers” – those who are in authority.
Sadly, as of lately, there seems to be a growing number of people who hate the law and order of our land. Could it be because they are guilty of violating the law? Therefore they cannot support our men and women who are defenders of the law.
We must be careful that we do not put our defenders on too high a pedestal though. They too are of flesh and blood humanity. They make mistakes. They are sinners too. Nonetheless, they are ministers of God (Romans 13:4), and if you are against them, you stand against God. That is your damnation.
There is no man, however, who holds absolute power. All power is God’s “For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God”, and He gives power to whom He will.
Jesus, as He stood before Pilate and when Pilate had said, “Don’t You know that I have the power to crucify You, or to release You?” said,
“Thou couldest have no power against Me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered Me unto thee hath the greater sin.” John 19:11
No one has power that has not been given him, except by God. If you think you are one with great power and authority, then be very careful, and give God thanks, and recognize from whence that power came.
If you are not respecting the “higher powers”, then you dishonor God Himself, and bring damnation on yourself.
As a Christian my hope and eternal life lies in Jesus Christ. While I live in this world I am first of all subject to the Most High and Holy God who is All-Powerful. I also must subject myself to those who have authority over me, as they are servants of God to do what is right (Romans 13:4), and that also will give you a clean conscience (v. 5).