Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.
This first verse of the 13th chapter of the book of Romans does rather smack one in the face at the present time. For the moment, let the past be the past and let the question of the present “governing authority” in the Oval Office sit quietly aside.
As you gaze out over the field of candidates grasping for election to that Oval Office, do you see anyone who you can rationally believe will be fit to be the authority that God has established?
I mean really. Imagine each candidate in that position. One of them will be the Leader of the Free World, the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, the head of the Executive Branch (his or her administration will execute the laws established by the other two branches), etc, etc.
He or she will be the governing authority that God has established. Let’s read the rest of the paragraph.
The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.
For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good.
But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason.
They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
This is exactly how to see government. This is what to keep in mind when assessing candidates. This is what to have in mind when you cast your vote.
This is why, when choosing a candidate, we must not make this passage ironic by choosing someone who would make a mockery of American Constitutional governance, who would govern in defiance of godly judgment and in opposition to the Judeo-Christian-oriented consensus which used to be the basis of governance in our nation.
I’m not saying there aren’t any candidates who would fit. But there are clearly a bunch who, when substituting their names for the subjects in these sentences, will give you a good nervous laugh. Try it.
Try Trump as the subject. Try Clinton. Try Sanders. Try Jeb.
Research the candidates for yourself. (Don’t only read their opposition’s accounts!) Choose a candidate who you would be as comfortable as possible electing to the office where he is the authority that God has established.