Beloved in Christ
Greetings to you all in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
During this month we remember the Indian Independence Day. It is a time to pray for the nation and its government as there is threat on its borders, as well as internal threats, like corruption, religious intolerance, terrorism, caste and gender discriminations etc. It is the duty of Christians to obey the rules and regulations of the state (Rom.13:1-7). Paul wrote this passage before the Roman government had begun to persecute Christians, but later, when persecution against the Church was raging, Peter still writes counselling submission to the powers that be, and much later still, Christian leaders continue to say the same thing.
There are certain principles here of great importance. Human government has been ordained by God (v:1), and as long as the state is fulfilling its God-ordained function, it is the duty of every Christian to be submissive to it. Paul puts the matter very strongly when he says. “He who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed.” (V:2). The extend of the state’s legitimate authority is quite clearly outlined (Vs.3-5), and in loyalty to God and his own conscience the believer has a duty to recognise that authority (V.6).
No one can dissociate himself from the society in which he lives. Each one of us is part of a nation, and because of that we enjoy benefits we could not have as individuals living an isolated existence. We cannot expect to enjoy all the advantages, and escape all the duties involved. Privileges and responsibilities go together. This is true of all life, both spiritual and secular. The Christian is duty bound to fulfil his responsibilities to the state.
Paul brings the matter very much down to earth in V: 7. “Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honour to whom honour is due.” The Lord expects us His people to be an example to others in these matters.
As we are celebrating the 70th Independence Day of our country, let us pray that He will keep us faithful in our duties to our country.
May God bless us and our country.
Yours in His service,
C Y Thomas Achen