Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
Here in this passage the apostle Paul teaches us that the institution of human government is a gift from God. It is a part of God’s general grace unto men, and as such we must submit to it when it is possible to do so. Unfortunately it seems as though in our culture today too many have become too dependent on the human institution of government. God never intended for government to relieve individuals of their responsibilities; yet this is exactly what we find to be the case so often.
The mother called police Sunday after learning her 12-year-old son had disobeyed orders and repeatedly taken a Game Boy from its hiding place and played it. The boy was arrested on petty larceny charges, taken to the Rock Hill police station in handcuffs and held until his mother picked him up after church…
…She said her son was diagnosed in the last year with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but his medicine does not seem to help. Repeated trips to doctors and calls to various agencies have not produced results, she said.
“He can’t stand authority. He has a really bad attitude,” said the 27-year-old mother, who had the boy while a sophomore in high school. She plans to graduate from York Technical College next year.
“He always blames somebody else for something. I don’t want to see him be another statistic,” she said. “I want to see him be somebody.”
Isn’t that last paragraph interesting. She recognizes that her son always blames someone else for his actions, yet she never even toys with the idea that she might be responsible for the way her son acts. This mother tried to pawn her responsibility off on doctors and various agencies. When that didn’t work she called the government in to punish her son. How sad to see God’s gift of government misused, and His gift of motherhood ignored.