Submission to the Authorities
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. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 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, 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. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 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 owedRomans 13:1-7
Romans 13 depicts a Christian Church living under a foreign and somewhat hostile government towards Christian beliefs and serves as an excellent comparison to Christians living in California. Romans 13 details the Christians responsibility to that of the governing authorities which were appointed by God. Here in the United States, we have the extra responsibility of selecting those leaders who will be accountable to God for how they led on Earth. For this reason, among many others, we feel it is the Christians’ duty to vote.
Registering to vote is the first step towards making lasting change in our communities, our state, and our nation. On average, 30% of all Christians are not registered voters. Of the remaining Christians who are registered, 45% vote only once every 4 years. So in a given year, out of a church of 100 people, only 49.5 of them will vote. No wonder California’s leaders felt they can close our churches with no consequences. Follow the link below to Register to vote through the California Secretary of State website.