Nehemiah 4-6; Romans 13

Romans 13: 1-4  Let every person be subordinate to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been established by God. Therefore, whoever resists authority opposes what God has appointed, and those who oppose it will bring judgment upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear to good conduct, but to evil. Do you wish to have no fear of authority? Then do what is good and you will receive approval from it, for it is a servant of God for your good. But if you do evil, be afraid, for it does not bear the sword without purpose; it is the servant of God to inflict wrath on the evildoer.  

This is an interesting idea from Paul, who knew what the authorities did to Jesus, and was a personal witness to what they did to Stephen in Acts.  The good Christian see those in authority as part of God’s plan, and submits to their authority for the common good.  We see that the aim of many movements in the world now and throughout history had the aim of subverting authority.  Christians “give what is Caesar to Caesar, and give what is God’s to God”, but are the most persecuted religious group in the world, with over 90,000 killed in 2016 (  We must be doing something right….

Matthew 5:10-12  Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.

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