Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution…emperor…or governors…
…if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil,
Be subject but live free. (That’s a sermon I’d love to hear Christine Caine or Jen Hatmaker preach.) I’m not quite sure how to organize the information but I know there is a pony in there somewhere. What follows are random thoughts:
What does it look like to “be subject” to my government? Do it for the Lord’s sake.
If I know that often suffering will come to me for the very reason that I have embarked on a mission to do what is good, will I do what is good anyway? It is what God is asking and that obedience pleases Him.
Do I use my “freedom” to cover up my own evil retributions? Whoa. Things like free speech come to mind. If free speech, for example, violates “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor” then at what point have I crossed the line and become the persecutor of others?
Freedom to the American mind is often seen as to claim one’s rights. Jesus’ laid His down.
These are my God granted freedoms:
- the freedom to do what is good
- the freedom to please God in doing so
- the freedom to receive God’s favor if I am caused to suffer for those good acts
- the freedom to entrust myself to the One who is the author of justice
- the freedom to silence the ignorance of foolish people by my acts of submission
- the freedom to know what ever stripes I may endure have already been healed
- the freedom to live in the care of the Shepherd
If this strikes a chord, I would really like to know how you would think about these questions or if you have more questions to add.