The Non-political Nature of the Gospel: Romans 13:1-7
“7) Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭13:7‬
This is going to be a shocking post for some to read. I would like to use Romans 13:1-7 to make an important observation; the Bible does not set up or establish one form of human government above another. Because the gospel was intended to go to every nation, tribe and tongue; it was designed to thrive under many forms of human government.
Joseph worked within an Egyptian system. Daniel served Nebuchadnezzar under a Babylonian system and when it fell he served Darius under a Medo-Persian system of government. During the days of the early church there was a Roman form of government in place.
I have worked extensively around the world. I have seen the gospel thrive under many forms of human government. It can function under a monarchy, a democracy, socialism, communism and even tribal counsels. The Bible will influence morality, encourage integrity within a justice system and impart a good work ethic, but it is not inherently political.
Christians are to recognize that their citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20-21) and their calling is to spread the gospel while living godly and peaceful lives. Paul’s words in Romans 13:1-7 can be applied by Christians under any form of human government.
Christians should not be a threat to any government. In fact, because of their honesty and integrity, Christians should be looked at as an asset to any government. Daniel is a perfect example. He served with excellence under two very different forms of human government because of his walk with God.
The irony is that if countries like China or North Korea would grant religious freedom to Christians, they would soon discover their most loyal citizens. They would also see the blessing of God come upon their nations. Instead of ruling by fear, oppression and exploitation they could rule by dignity and honor.
However, one point needs to be stressed. As government becomes corrupt and adopts an anti-Christ agenda, Christians because of their biblical morality will most likely be targeted for persecution. May all suffering be for the gospel. Christians have suffered under every form of human government and the Bible has much to say about suffering for the gospel.
The challenge for every Christ is to live a godly and wholesome life with a clear conscience no matter their national heritage. Their focus should be the gospel and being fruitful for God. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus as we go through this life no matter where we live.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global