Ecclesiastes 8:2 I say: Keep the king’s command, because of God’s oath to him. 3 Be not hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand in an evil cause, for he does whatever he pleases. 4 For the word of the king is supreme, and who may say to him, “What are you doing?”
We can all agree that we live in a broken world. There are broken churches, families, institutions, and governments. These things are broken because the people within them are broken. In the midst of the brokenness, it is important to be careful whom you are submitting to. In the end, you could end up in a busted up situation.
One of the reasons why we need to be careful to whom we submit to, is because we are called to respect their authority (Verse 2). I’m not saying that you have to agree with them, but you do have to submit to their leadership. Consider President Obama. This is a man who is highly disrespected by the majority of the Christian community. For too long I have seen Christian people belittle this man, when the Bible has called us to pray for him. Seriously, do you think that God is surprised that he is the president of the USA? So maybe we ought to exchange our social media rants with fervent prayer for the president. Maybe you have a boss who is a complete JERK or maybe it’s your spouse or parents – you are called to pray for that person and shine the light of Christ that is supposedly illuminating grace and love.
So, what happens when we are in an abusive situation or our authorities are pushing us to do something that is outside of what the Bible teaches? Wait for it – another cliffhanger. (Sorry) Solomon will address this in verse 3 (Tomorrow’s reading).
“If a rhinoceros were to enter this restaurant now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I should be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever.” ~ G.K. Chesterton
*If you are in an abusive relationship, don’t wait for the reveal of my writings; seek help immediately. I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of the abuse, nor would I expect anyone else to receive the abuse.