Be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God...
When Jesus submitted Himself to the will of the Jews and the law of the Romans, He said to Pilate: 'You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above' (John 19:11). Never in the history of the world have rulers been so wrong.
In His Own Words, our King confirmed God's will is done through earthly governments--even bad ones. 'Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?' (Matthew 26:53-54).
Because when Jesus was arrested, Peter wanted to fight. Our Lord's response? 'Put your sword into its sheath. Shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given Me?' (John 18:11). 'Permit even this' (Luke 22:51).
Today, many pastors are political. They criticize leaders and laws. But where is their biblical precedent? Even Moses didn't criticize. He simply asked Pharaoh to let them go. With Jesus came a new government: one based on submission. By faith, we submit to God and man--trusting Him to right all wrongs.
Spiritually speaking, war is at hand. To Satan, we do not submit. Jesus taught us how to fight the real enemy, and it's not our lawmakers, good or bad. To criticize them is sedition: 'any action, especially in speech or writing, promoting discontent or rebellion' (Random House Dictionary).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you have three sets of rules: 1) The Word of God; 2) The laws of government; 3) The customs of entertainment--and its kings.
Concerning the third, don't criticize. Contempt will get you nothing but an eviction notice. They don't know what they don't know, because they don't know Who they should know. You represent Him. Only the Spirit of truth can change a man. So do what Jesus did. Love them. Woo them into the spiritual government you represent--as a goodwill ambassador for Christ.
Concerning the third, media's customs are not laws. If you are given a questionable assignment, pray to God. If He says 'No', you have the right (and responsibility) to agree with Him--not them. However, be kind, non-judgmental and respectful.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Pitfalls series.