I was struck today by the wisdom of a quote in the Washington Post’s coverage of the funeral of the late president of Poland, Lech Kaczynski.
Magda Sznurowska, a 20-year-old political science student, said she attended the ceremony without any such political undertone. For her, she said, it was a duty to pay respect to the leader of the country, even though she opposed his conservatism and would have voted against him if he had run in the next election in October. “This is very important,” she said as the prelates recited their prayers and soldiers fired a military salute to the fallen. “He was the president of my country.
I can’t remember the last time I heard that obedience echoed in US ‘Christian’ circles about our own President, Barak Obama. In fact, a good percentage of the American ‘christian’ community has arrogantly and relentlessly opposed, thwarted, blocked, cursed, and demonized President Obama and all of his initiatives, right from the onset of his candidacy.
God’s command to respect and honor His chosen servants hasn’t penetrated their blindness so far, but maybe it will, in time.
My own view is aligned with the 20-year old from Poland, and comes right from scripture.
LET EVERY person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God’s appointment.
Therefore he or she who resists and sets themselves up against the authorities resists what God has appointed and arranged [in divine order]. And those who resist will bring down judgment upon themselves [receiving the penalty due them].
For civil authorities are not a terror to [people of] good conduct, but to [those of] bad behavior. Would you have no dread of him who is in authority? Then do what is right and you will receive his approval and commendation.
For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, [you should dread him and] be afraid, for he does not bear and wear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant to execute His wrath (punishment, vengeance) on the wrongdoer.
Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God’s wrath and escape punishment, but also as a matter of principle and for the sake of conscience (Romans 13:1-5)