Why You Should Submit To Governing Authority


Romans 13 has a lot to say about how we should relate to those who have authority over parts of our life.  This could be a spouse, parent, boss, pastor, etc.  I want to explain WHY God wants you to submit to those who are in positions of authority.

1.  They are in their position because God allowed it.

People who have a hard time submitting also have a hard time with the sovereignty of God.  They usually don’t have a problem believing that God CAN do anything He wants.  Their problem lies in pointing out that if something DID INDEED HAPPEN, then God allowed it.  Because they got overlooked for a promotion, they take every chance to talk negativly about the one that actually got hired.  Because their political candidate did not get elected, they scream like a religious zealot that we have become a godless nation.  Romans 13:1-2 then 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.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”

When you resist their authority over you, you resist God.  Even the boss, the political candidate, and that pastor in the pulpit have been “ordained by God” to be in that position.  By submitting to them, you in essence are telling God, “I TRUST YOU AND THOSE YOU’VE PLACED OVER ME.”

2.  Good works can come through organization, but never through anarchy.

God created positions of authority from the very beginning.  He place Adam and Eve in charge of the garden.  He told them to name the animals, to dress and keep the garden.  A hierarchy existed from the start.  Authority is intended to organize so that good can come about.  Otherwise, you’re left with nothing but evil and problems.  Can you imagine a world left to itself with no authority?  Romans 13:3 says:

“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.”

So for those of you who think you’d be better off without your boss, be thankful that at least he’s there keeping things from getting worse.  Thank God for your spouse because you could have that other person’s spouse (who is much worse) instead!  Honor your authorities.  They are the best way to show God your faith in Him and allow good to rule in your life.


About Chris Stevens

I'm an Elementary Principal, husband, father of three, and an imperfect follower of Christ. I have eight years experience at the Jr-Sr High level and 14 years experience speaking at various churches.
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