By: G. J. Fortier
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring down judgement on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment, but also as a matter of conscience. Romans 13:1-5 (NIV)
When applied to the political theater that plays out now-a-days on any form of media that you care to choose, the verses above can be a bit confusing. Who exactly is “the one in authority”? Our Government is huge! When you just consider the top members of the three federal branches, legislative, judicial, and executive, there are 536 men and woman who have been put there by us (presumably because we believe they will act in the good faith that we’ve placed in them) and 9 who have been appointed and/or approved by those members, though never that I can recall with all parties in 100% agreement. These are the people who, when you get right down to it, are just like you and me. No better, no worse. No smarter, no dumber (as hard as that can be to believe sometimes).
The first question I have is this: Do we trust them?