October 31, 2016
Romans 13:1, 3, 4
(All scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated.)
The Bible deals with every aspect of life that you or I will ever face! There is nothing that can happen in life that is not covered in Scripture by direct command, an example (of people, places, or happenings), a parable, a comparison, or an inference. Sometimes it is plainly stated. Sometimes you have to study and pull together several Scriptures to get the clear answer. But the answer is always there! God has left nothing out!
I want to write a couple more blogs concerning the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 8th. Some people like one list of candidates for office, and some like another. Some do not like either candidate – especially for the office of President of the United States! I heartily recommend looking at the issues – the chief things which matter to you, and are important for society – and Vote Values, your values! Let me amend that statement, because this website, Gems For Living, is designed to help Christians grow in their faith. Look at the issues from God’s viewpoint, and vote as He would lead you! Where do you find His viewpoint on the issues? In the Bible!
But first, let’s look at Romans 13:1, 3 and 4:
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no
authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed
by God….For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you
want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will
have praise of the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But
if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he
is God’s minister, a avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
God has given us human government for our good! I know, not all government officials – elected or appointed – are good. Some are not good at all! But we want the best ones in office! And for Christians, we want those who adhere most closely to what God has revealed in His Word!
Now, consider some of the main issues we face:
• Marriage and the family – The family forms the foundation of society, whether we are talking about society under federal, state, or local governments – or no official governing oversight at all. What does the Bible say?
✞ Genesis 1:1; 2:7, 22, 24; Malachi 2:15 – “In the beginning…the LORD formed man….Then… He made…a woman and He brought her to the man….Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall be one flesh….And why one? He seeks godly offspring.”
✞ I Corinthians 6:18 (King James Version) – “Flee fornication [sex outside of marriage]….”
✞ Hebrews 13:4 – “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornication and adultery God will judge.”
✞ I Corinthians 7:9 (God’s Word to the Nations) – “…if you cannot control your desires, you should get married. It is better for you to marry than to burn with sexual desire.”
✞ Malachi 2:15, 16 – “…let none of you deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. For the LORD God of Israel says that He hates divorce.”
• Abortion – This question comes down to: When does human life begin? And, Does a woman have the right over her own body, to the extent that an undesirable pregnancy can be ended?
✞ Psalm 127:3 – “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is His reward.”
✞ Psalm 139:13-17 – “…You have formed my inward parts; You have covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! ”
✞ Jeremiah 1:4, 5 – “Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; and I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’ ”
✞ Jeremiah 32:35 (Good News Bible) – “They have built altars to Baal in Hinnom Valley, to sacrifice their sons and daughters to the god Molech. I did not command them to do this, and it did not even enter my mind that they would do such a thing….”
✞ Exodus 20:13 – “You shall not murder.”
We will continue to examine critical issues in light of what the Bible says in our next blog.