Respect for our Political Leaders?

It seems in Australia, the respect the general populace holds for our political leaders, at all levels of government, is at an all-time low. We witness the revolving door of Prime Ministers in Canberra, and locally our Premier "promising the earth" should he be re-elected. The Opposition parties don't seem much better with their own in-fighting and outrageous promises;  we are left wondering what the future holds for our country.

Yet, the Bible makes this amazing statement in Romans 13:1 (NIV):

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Surely He can't be serious! ALL authority is established by God? What about the evil and the incompetent authorities?

Since the Apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans at the time of Roman governance, we can conclude he does mean ALL authority - even evil and incompetent government. The Romans were pagan and brutal, so Paul knew exactly what he was talking about.

The Old Testament also reveals this theme, of authority established by God - good, bad and indifferent. If you read the book of Habakkuk (only 3 chapters long), you will witness the bewilderment of the prophet Habakkuk when God tells him He will raise up an even more wicked ruler than they were currently experiencing. In the 3rd chapter, Habakkuk responds in humility and acknowledges the sovereignty of God.

So, what do we do as we witness the problems with our political leaders?

My suggestion is we do as Habakkuk did - respond in prayer and humility. We may not like the individuals in positions of power or their stance on issues of importance to us. I do believe, however, we are called to respect them. If not the individual, then definitely the position.

A couple of weeks ago I read an article in the paper about some comments Tiger Woods made about President Trump:

 "He's the President of the United States and you have to respect the office. And no matter who's in the office - you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office."

Tiger has been through his own series of problems and irrespective of what you may think of him, what he says here is totally correct ( and Biblical whether he knows it or not).

We all need to respect the political office that our leaders hold. We don't have to agree with them, but we do need to respect the position they hold.

Let's not join with the pack of so many of the media and the population that are not just critical of the policies, but quite disparaging of the individuals. Let's be a voice of reason and respect for the roles they hold and not descend to put-downs of them personally.

Something to think about...

God bless,

Tim Connelly

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