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God and Government

Feb 8, 2015, Author: Pastor Keith Wilson

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Titus 3:1 (the spring-board):

– Whether you like that it or not, the Bible teaches us that we “must submit to the governing authorities”. And, if we choose not to, we are rebelling against the authority that God has instituted.

Jesus Weighs in on Government

Mark 12:13-17

The Pharisees’ Trap:

“Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”
-Essentially, the religious leaders were looking to get Jesus to incriminate Himself, which would in turn give the Romans reason to kill Him so the Jews didn’t have to.

Jesus’ Answer:

“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s”
– In very simple terms, Jesus’ tells people to pay their taxes.

But, why? 3 Reasons You Should Submit to the Government:

Romans 13:1-2
1) For your own good

2) Ultimately, God institutes governments

3) Submission to the government is actually a choice to submit to God

*3 things to do in response to the Bible’s teaching:

-Submit to governmental authority
-Obey the laws of the land
-Pray for your governmental leaders