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 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 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 the smae reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
I had a chance, to ummmm….. “minister” to one of Des Moines’ finest today. Looking in my rearview mirror I had a sinking feeling. Last week I realized that my plates had expired some time ago (like in February, I know, I know… pretty sad). Sometimes I get so wrapped in stuff that I forget little details like that. I knew that I had to get them renewed, but when I saw the police officer come in behind me…. I knew I was busted.
If I had applied this verse last week, I wouldn’t have had the sick feeling when I had a police officer behind me. I would have had nothing to fear. Now I have a $90 ticket. She said that I could contest it in court, I replied, “no need, I’m guilty, I should have taken care of this. I am sorry for wasting your time when I am sure you have better things to do.”
Obey your governing authorities. Guess I need to put that into practice.
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