Asked by: Sis. Yusmeri Gomez from Venezuela
Good Morning, brother Eli Soriano. I am from Venezuela, a country governed by a dictatorial president, and now I am listening that I have to obey his authority. This makes me almost cry, my country was never been such worst, what shall I do?
Bro. Eli Soriano:
Sis. Yusmeri, it does not matter what kind of government you have in your country. When the apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, in Romans 13;1, let us read it first, bro. Daniel –
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities. Let us study the intention of the Lord. It is not important if the government is dictatorial or whatever type of government. Let us remember that apostle Paul was telling this to the Romans, who were under the authority of the Romans. During the time of apostle Paul maybe under Augustus Ceasar. During the time of our Lord Jesus Christ maybe they were under Augustus Ceasar or Tiberius Ceasar. These were corrupt leaders. Even Pilate and Herod were corrupt officials. But the Lord Jesus Christ told Pilate that his authority came from God. Even though Pilate was corrupt, his authority came from God. In John 19:10 –
Let us study the word of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus answered to Pilate, an authority who did not practice true justice. He was listening to what the Jewish people were dictating him who were againts our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
Meaning, even our Lord Jesus Christ was saying that the authorities of the corrupt officials like Pilate and Ceasar of the Roman Empire was permitted by God. But what is the reason of God in saying to the Romans to command the Christians to submit themselves to the authorities? What was the intention? Let us read in 1 Timothy 2:1 –
1 Timothy 2:1-2
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.
Let us pray instead of organizing a revolution or rebelion against the authorities. Apostle Paul said to the first Christians –
1 Timothy 2:1-2
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority,
To all those in authority, even to those who are corrupt. The intention for the Christians is –
1 Timothy 2:2
… that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
The reason is so that you may live in peace. Because if you will rebel against a corrupt government, and you are a Christian, you can not live in peace. They will persecute you. Specially if they are corrupt. Because they are corrupt they will not do justice on you. Therefore you will not live in tranquility.
But even if they are corrupt, if you are living an honest life, you will not be easily touched by them. That is why, sister Yusmeri, do not be preocupied with corrupt leaders. God can be in control for your benefit.
I hope that it is understood by sister Yusmeri.