Should Christians submit to a bad leader?

Does God appoint leaders and should Christians submit to them, even if they're wrong?

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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. Shedrach, Meschach, and Abendnigo disobeyed authority by refusing to bow down to the King’s image. Dietrich Bonhoeffer opposed Hitler who was killing God’s chosen people. Martin Luther King encouraged a non-violent uprising to change the law on racial discrimination. These men fought for the survival of their faith and so should we if our Christian faith is being attacked by the government.

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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4 COMMENTS

  1. Maraming Christians ang makakarelate dito. Nakakatawa kasi minsan yung mga leader mong magsasabi sayo ng tama, sila pa mismo ang hindi makakagawa noon. Respetuhin mo pa rin kahit ganun ang leader mo, kasi sila pa rin ang binigay ni Lord na manguna sayo

    • Hindi ako agree sa sinasabi mo kasi kung ano ang puno yun din ang bunga. Kaya if your leader is a bad influence to you, you better evaluate on yourself. Baka hindi mo alam na cocorrupt ka na rin

  2. We can’t expect all to agree. Remember, the Holy Bible is the book for God’s Children.

    Everyone is created by God but not all are His children. He only gives and grants the adaption to His family to those who believe and receive Him as Lord and Savoiur.

    John 1:12 , “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

    Matthew 7:23, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

  3. It’s true that we must submit to our governing authorities, but not if they violate God’s laws.. and that is in the bible. Please research and then give the correct info here. Thanks!

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