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.
Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.
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.
Honor the king.
Was the saddest law America passed the legalization of abortion? Yet in the summer of 2015, I witnessed a furious contention regarding the question of gay marriage.
The Supreme Court was considering it, and the vast majority of Christians were vocally, angrily against it.
In seeing this union as ungodly, they hurled fiery darts of condemnation: a sweeping inditement of gay people, who believed their rights were violated, and America's highest court agreed.
My opinions prayerfully evolved. I was so grieved by my brethren's conduct. Our witness of Christ didn't look like Christ. He was kind and didn't condemn Caesar, nor even the laws of crucifixion.
He knew the existing authorities were approved for the purposes of God. To Pilate He said: 'You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above' (John 19:11).
He realized His Personal conduct was of exceedingly more importance than the conduct of foreign governments. His submission to the most unjust rule in the history of the entire world showed a love so grand and remarkable - that countless people would be drawn to Him.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider thoughts on laws you don't like:
1) God said to submit to worldly rulers and NOT to display hateful actions. The behavior of Christ proves this point, as do all New Testament Scriptures.
2) Attracting outsiders to Jesus by Good News is our Great Commission. When we receive God's Holy Spirit, He alone transforms our hearts and minds.
3) We're not called to judge rules or rulers. We're called to judge our church kin only. And even then, to do so kindly - with humility, patience and love.
## Judgment: Ungodly Legislation (Part 17)
* Previous Devotion, Poor People, Governmental Sin: http://careylewisdevotions.com/poor-people-part-23-governmental-sin
* Previous Devotion, Respecting Kings And Cultures: http://careylewisdevotions.com/respecting-kings-and-cultures-part-1
* Previous Devotion, Strangers In Hollywood, Lessons from Daniel: Respecting Royalty: http://careylewisdevotions.com/strangers-in-hollywood-part-6-lessons-from-daniel-respecting-royalty
* Previous Devotion, Christian Pitfalls, Sedition: http://careylewisdevotions.com/christian-pitfalls-part-29-sedition
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Judgment.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment 2020 series.