In Romans we read, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” (13:1 NIV). As we celebrate our freedom as Americans, we must always remember that all governments are established by God. He uses our leaders to protect and bless us. He can also use government as an instrument of punishment against sin (think of the empires in the Old Testament used to punish the Israelites who had turned away from God.) Whatever the case, we must remember that God is in charge! Martin Luther said it this way:

God looks upon kings as children look upon playing cards. While they are playing, they hold the cards in their hands; thereafter they fling them into a corner, under the bench, or into the rubbish. God also acts in this way with rulers. While they rule, He considers them good; but as soon as they overdo it, He ‘puts down the mighty from their seats’ (Luke 1:52) and lets them lie as discards.” (What Luther Says, page 579)


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