One of the exciting things I am involved in is the Senior Ambassador program. Senior Ambassadors represent the Wasilla Area Seniors at different community activities to share with them, who we are, why seniors are important members of our community, and how they might be able to help us. Attending Borough and City government meetings is very important. This is where we have opportunity to influence issues important to seniors.
As we think about government, you may have a positive or negative attitude. However, the Bible teaches us that we are to be subject to those who rule over us. Our country has representative government. Those we elect are empowered to represent us in whatever position they were elected.
Romans 13:1-7, says, “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. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.”
Jesus told the religious leaders in Matthew 22:17-21, “ Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”
The Bible also makes it clear that we should obey God rather than man. Remember when the religious leaders told the Apostles they could not preach about Jesus. They cast them into prison. God opened the prison door and they went out and continued to preach. Acts 5:28-32 states, “28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. 29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
So what is the place of government from God’s point of view?
- Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
- Pay our taxes
- When moral issues arise, we ought to obey God rather than men
Join us at a Council or Borough meeting. You might be surprised what your representatives are doing.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001