Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Ultimate Obligation!

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The Lord wants you to obey all human authorities, especially the Emperor, who rules over everyone.  You must also obey governors, because they are sent by the Emperor to punish criminals and to praise good citizens.  God wants you to silence stupid and ignorant people by doing right.  You are free, but still you are God's servants, and you must not use your freedom as an excuse for doing wrong.  Respect everyone and show special love for God's people. Honor God and respect the Emperor.

1 Peter 2:13-17

When Daniel disobeyed the King and continued to pray to God even though the King had commanded him not to do it, was he not contradicting what the Holy Spirit said in these verses?

When disobedience to the Emperor is based on obedience to God, there is no question that it is the right thing to do.  But disobedience to the Emperor based on political party, economic philosophy, or simply the fact that you don't like the leader is clearly wrong!  

Jesus followers in the New Testament time continued to proclaim the Gospel even though the leaders had ordered them not to do it!  In fact, if no one opposes what you are doing for Jesus, you need to re-examine your efforts.  Satan will oppose what the Holy Spirit is leading you to accomplish!

There are plenty of "Orders from the Emperor" that need to be disobeyed today!  Governments today often tell people when and where they can or cannot pray!  They are told not to meet for worship and they are told not to tell other people about Jesus.

Even though there are lots of examples of God's people disobeying the "Emperor" we are not told to speak evil of or dishonor him!  God used Pharaoh to accomplish His purposes and He will use your leaders to do the same!  

"Thank You Jesus that obeying Your Word is the Ultimate Obligation that I have as a human being.  May Your Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."

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