OBEDIENCE TO CONSTITUTED AUTHORITY.

WHAT IS LAW AND AUTHORITY?

Law is a system of rules that are created and enforced by the government or social group to see to the affairs of a state or group of persons to regulate behaviour. It is particularly met for the peace and security of society.

Authority can be said to be the right to exercise power , which can be formalised  by a state and exercised by way of appointed personnel. It also refers to a person or organisation having political or administrative power and control over a particular group of persons in a articular place. For more on Law please click Law

THE BIBLICAL VIEW ON SHOWING RESPECT TO  CONSTITUTED AUTHORITY:

According to Apostle Paul in the book of Romans, for law and order to be established in the society for peaceful co-existence, there is need to have the right attitude towards the governing authority. The government of any country is a constituted authority. Therefore, Paul admonishes all Christians to be subject to the governing authorities for peaceful co-existence, for there is no authority except those from God. For  the sake of peace, all existing authorities are instituted by God. Since authorities are instituted by God, it means therefore that, to resist them is to resist God. To disobey them is to disobey God. To insult them is to insult God. God frowns at resistance or disobedience to authorities for it will invite God’s wrath or judgement on us when we do this.

Paul said those in authority are not terrors of good conduct but to bad conduct. Therefore, good citizens should not exercise undue fear about those in authority as long as they obey the rulers and conduct themselves well. If they do what is right for peaceful co-existence, they will receive the commendation of the governing authorities, for they are God’s servants. On the other hand, if they do any wrong to disrupt peaceful co-existence, they should be afraid and be prepared for the consequences. The wrath of God would fall on such wrongdoers. Thus to live a life of good citizens, peacefully co-existing with others, Christians should always maintain a clear conscience. For peace and progress in society, Christians must pay their taxes as and when due; they must give respect to constituted authorities. We obey constituted authority when we obey the laws, rules and regulations of the land. We carry out our civic responsibilities when we pay our taxes, rates and levies promptly. We should vote if an adult and being counted in a census,. We must learn to express our grievances through constitutional means such as dialogue and not through violent demonstrations. We must shun membership of secret societies e.g Cults. We must take part in public enlightenment campaigns to eradicate illiteracy, partiality and discrimination, piracy, communicable diseases, child abuse, hard drug peddling, fraud and so on. We must take part in the activities of christian organisations. As adult, we must do honest job and promote the economy of our country. Parents must learn to bring up their children in the fear of the Lord by teaching them to be God-fearing, honest, contented and law abiding.  Finally, we must never stop praying for our country and the world at large.

BIBLE VERSES ON SHOWING RESPECT TO CONSTITUTED AUTHORITY:

ROMANS 13:1-7
All of you must obey the government rulers. Everyone who rules was given the power to rule by God. And all those who rule now were given that power by God. So anyone who is against the government is really against something God has commanded. Those who are against the government bring punishment on themselves. People who do right don’t have to fear the rulers. But those who do wrong must fear them. Do you want to be free from fearing them? Then do only what is right, and they will praise you.
Rulers are God’s servants to help you. But if you do wrong, you have reason to be afraid. They have the power to punish, and they will use it. They are God’s servants to punish those who do wrong. So you must obey the government, not just because you might be punished, but because you know it is the right thing to do.
And this is why you pay taxes too. Those rulers are working for God, and they give all their time to the work of ruling. Give everyone what you owe them. If you owe them any kind of tax, then pay it. Show respect to those you should respect. And show honor to those you should honor.
PROVERBS 8:15-16
By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just; by me princes govern, and nobles, all who rule on earth.

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

DANIEL  2:20-21
and said: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

TITUS 3:1-2

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

1 PETER 2:13-17
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority:whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,  or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.  For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
MARK 12:17
Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
HEBREWS 13:17
 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
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