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My Kingdom is not of this world

“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. 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: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”

Romans 13:1-7

A few days ago I wrote here about God's Kingdom and democracy. Democracy does not apply to God, but rather: “Your will be done”!

However, in our world, most see democracy as the best form of government – until the presidential election in the USA on Tuesday. Many democratically elected politicians worldwide, many western journalists and other personalities are asking today how it could have happened that a man such as Trump could have been elected as American president. I think one can say and debate a lot about both parties, on a personal as well as a political level. I don't want to raise the arguments here again.

Fact is nevertheless, that Trump has been elected as the democratic president of the USA. And, as long as a ruler does not oppose the Word of God, that applies which the Bible tells us, namely that we should submit ourselves to the governmental order as every government is established by God.

Paul, who was a Jew and as such an Israelite, was simultaneously also a Roman citizen. Certainly he did not approve of many things that Rome did, whether it was faith in God or the occupation of his country. And yet he submitted himself completely under the Roman Empire and its jurisdiction. Even though the Romans did not believe in his God, he still regarded their government as having been established by God and remained subservient towards them.

Almost none of our current governments are subservient to God's Word. Whether the left-wing parties who are forever resisting our beliefs or those parties bearing the letter “C”. A church-state, as many Muslim countries try to implement, does not occur in a Christian sphere. Nevertheless, we accept the democracy and subordinate ourselves thereunder. This is what God expects us to do.

We will only experience God's Kingdom in eternity. Until then, we are to submit ourselves under the democratic elected governments, whether it suits us or not. And our task is and remains to tell people about God's Kingdom and to spread the Gospel.

Perhaps it will soon be time...

I wish you, as citizen of God's Kingdom, and in this worldly kingdom, a blessed day today.

(Translated by Linda Gates)


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