Honor | Part 9 | #5: Honoring Our Government 03 Mar

The fifth commandment says, “Honor your father and mother.” Our parents are the first authorities we are to honor, but what does the Bible say about honoring other authorities, what about the government? Join us and find out! #GCHonor

Honoring God With Our Worship:

  • 1st Commandment: No other gods but Me
  • 2nd Commandment: No idols
  • 3rd Commandment: Exalting His Name

 

4th Commandment, Honoring God With Our Bodies:

  • Rest
  • Health
  • Drugs & Alcohol

 

5th Commandment, Honoring Those Whom God Has Honored:

  • Honoring Our Parents
  • Honoring Our Government

 

6th Commandment, Honoring Human Life:

  • Abortion
  • Capital Punishment
  • War & Self-Defense

 

7th Commandment, Honoring God With Our Dating/Marriage:

  • Marriage God’s Way
  • Divorce & Remarriage
  • Homosexuality & Transgenderism

 

Honoring Our Government:

  • Why even have a government?
  • What’s the purpose of government?
  • Is it ever right to disobey the government?
  • Who should we vote for?
  • What role should we play in our government?

 

Why have a government?

  • It’s chaos without it.
  • God ordained it.

 

What’s the purpose of government?

  • Punish wrong
  • Reward good

 

Is it ever right to disobey the government?

  • Yes, when the law of man contradicts the law of God.

 

What role should we play in our government?

  • Pray
  • Vote
  • Get involved

 

Government cannot change the human heart.

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Key Scripture:

Romans 13:1–7 (NLT)

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.

6 Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 (NLT)

11 When a crime is not punished quickly, people feel it is safe to do wrong.

Acts 4:18-20 (NLT)

18 So they called the apostles back in and commanded them never again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus.

19 But Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? 20 We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.”

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • If you could change one thing about our federal, state, or local government, what would it be?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Have you ever traveled to a 3rd world country?  How did it change your perspective about this country?  What are you most thankful for as an American citizen?
  • Read Romans 13:1-7.  What’s the purpose of government?  Is our government fulfilling that purpose?
  • Read Ecclesiastes 8:11.  What happens when crime is not punished?
  • Have you ever thought about police officers, teachers, IRS agents as “God’s servants, sent for your good?”  How would that change your attitude toward them?
  • Do you think you could serve as a police officer or a soldier even if it meant you would have to use deadly force against an evildoer who was endangering others? Why or why not?
  • If you were living in the American colonies during 1776, would you have supported the American War of Independence or would you have remained loyal to the British government?
  • Read Acts 4:18-20.  When is it right to disobey the governing authorities?
  • What can we do as individual citizens to make our government better?
  • What can the Gospel of Jesus Christ do that no government can?  Where do you place your ultimate hope?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Try the three action steps Troy mentioned regarding honoring our government: pray, vote, and get involved. Consider researching relevant issues in lieu of voting.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Heavenly Father, guide our hearts to obey our leaders and government, as You have commanded. Grant wisdom to those in authority at all levels, that they may lead with integrity and justice. May our actions reflect Your love and contribute to peace and order in our community. Amen.

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Troy Knight

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