#DailyDevotion Christianity And Politics Are Two Separate Things
Read 1 Sam 24:1–22
1Sa 24:3-6 And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave, and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. (4) And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.'” Then David arose and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. (5) And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. (6) He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the LORD’s anointed.”
Now ask yourself if you would have done the same. David understands and believes a basic principle of authority. Rom 13:1-7 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (2) Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. (3) For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, (4) for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. (5) Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. (6) For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. (7) Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
And again, 1Pe 2:13-15 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, (14) or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. (15) For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
It may not be popular in a country whose foundations are built on rebellion but this same country ask the same of us. David recognized that Saul was the Lord’s anointed king of Israel even as he also knew he was the anointed king to replace Saul. But David was willing to let the Lord choose the day, place, time and manner in which that would happen. What ill has befallen us because we would not wait patiently on the Lord to hear our prayers and to deliver us.
Jesus would tell us give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world and he has promised to give it to those who trust in him. So while we live in this kingdom we give honor and obedience to those in authority over us. They have been placed there by the Lord. But over and above that we give honor and glory to Jesus who has redeemed us from this fallen world and given us an eternal kingdom where righteousness reigns.
Lord Jesus Christ, as citizens of your heavenly kingdom, grant unto us the heart of your father David who respected the authority he was under to the praise of your name and patience to await for the institution of your kingdom in a new heavens and a new earth as you have promised us. Amen.