United States’ Governing Authority

It Gets In The Way

September 16, 2013

The United States is unique in history, in terms of its Constitution, limited central government, and generous liberty. People still risk their lives trying to get here.

Our nation was set up to be under the rule of law. Everyone is subject to the law, including our representatives and highest officials. Even our President is subject to the governing authority, which is the Constitution of the United States. In the case of the United States government, the ruling authority is not a person, but a written document. According to Article VI of that document, the U.S. Constitution is “the supreme Law of the Land.”

Here is Romans 13:1 – “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.”

The “authority that exists” that was “instituted by God” for the United States is the Constitution, as directed by the people – the citizens. That written document of law mandates a strictly limited government, and directs that the ones who govern us do so by permission of the people. We have the case in recent decades, and growing grotesquely in recent years, where our duly elected officials, who supposedly represent us in governing, and are bound to be faithful to the supreme authority (which is derived from Biblical precepts), rebel against that authority.

In the US, the Congress, President, and Judges are not “the authority”. They are subject to the authority. Whatever authority they have is derived and delegated. When they resist the authority, which is done as a matter of standard practice, they should fear.

They violate the Word of God which insists that they be subject to the authority established for their nation.



Photos via: Kim Davies on Flickr, Charles Fettinger on Flickr, Chuck Coker on Flickr

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