To begin with, does God appoint all leaders?
The Bible is clear, everyone must submit to the governing authorities, the authorities that exist have been appointed by God. Consequently, the one who resists authority is opposing what God has set in place (Romans 13:1). Jesus also said “You would have no authority over Me unless it were given to you from above” (John 19:11). Therefore a government will only exist if God allows it.
But why does He allow bad leaders to rule?
Biblical history tells us that God allowed evil leaders to rule but it does not say why. It appears amiss but God has used situations like this to judge a nation, test their faithfulness, and exposed their sins that eventually brought them judgment (2 Kings 20:17-18; Isaiah 13:19; Isaiah 10:5-19).
Bad news for corrupt leaders
Corrupt or evil leaders may have been allowed to rule, but it does not mean God condones their action. Everyone will be answerable to God (2 Corinthians 5:10). God removes kings and establishes kings (Daniel 2:21).
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Should I submit even if my leader is wrong?
Christians are to submit to every ordinance of man (1 Peter 2:13-17; Romans 13:2-5). All believers should be subject to rulers and authorities (Titus 3:1). However, if your leader is asking you to dishonor or disobey God, the Bible has caveats for you to dissent (Romans 13:1; Mark 12:17). “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).
We must obey God rather than men
Civil disobedience in the Bible
Case and point: Moses’ family disobeyed Pharoah’s order and hid Moses.
Should Christians criticize and rally against the government?
Is God asking Christians to change the government?
There is a growing number of Filipino Christians and church leaders who openly show their political preference. They encourage rally and support politicians. While others openly mock and criticize the government. Ironically, Jesus never commanded His followers to fight the government.
If you are disgusted with the way the government is run, remember that God is in control. As Christians, we must focus all opportunities in sharing the Gospel, not on foolish arguments. (2 Timothy 2:23-24)
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