Sam Rohrer on The Biblical Duty of Governmental Leaders

As politics take over the majority of news headlines, more Americans may be asking themselves: What is the role of our national leaders?

According to the Bible, those who serve in government are ministers of God. Many Americans and even American Christians have never considered that distinction and prefer to oppose or avoid political leaders altogether. However, God desires that we encourage governing leaders to serve Him and the people they lead. Romans 13:4 notes, “He is God’s minister—or servant—to you for good.” Therefore, our leaders and officials are to protect those who do what’s morally right, as well as to bring justice against those who do what’s morally wrong. That’s why the highest duty of governing involves creating and implementing laws to enact justice and to maintain peace throughout the land.

The Bible calls governing leaders “ministers” or “servants.” They are to serve both God and the citizens. But what does this mean in today’s culture? Political leaders are to be, to the people they represent, protectors of righteousness and defenders of truth. This word “minister” in Romans 13:6 literally means to be a leader in worship to God. In other words, according to God’s plan, all politicians possess the distinct obligation to live in the fear of God and cause people to look to God who created life, liberty and all natural rights.

Like King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon said after being forced by God to his knees in submission, “I do extol and recognize the God of heaven who is able to raise up and bring down those He will.” Our political leaders should sense a duty to protect the people they serve. And those who lead our nation need our support when they work to protect its citizens. Just imagine if those in office today would acknowledge that God is Supreme and would lead our nation to also acknowledge the God of heaven.

At the highest level, another question begs an answer: What does it mean that our nation’s president serves as “commander in chief”? How does this role reflect a biblical worldview? In I Samuel 10:1, King Saul was anointed as both king and commander of his people. Psalm 47:9 even calls national leaders “the shields of the earth.” In America’s founding documents, we find similar writing. In Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, the President of the United States is named “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Sam Rohrer