Romans 13 is an amazing passage. It teaches us how to honor God by showing respect to our government. You see, God ordained government. There are many distorted views in this area. We must understand that government has a two-fold responsibility - Godward and manward. The Bible teaches that God frowns on civil disobedience and is always on the side of constituted authority. Human government derives its authority from God.
Wilbur Smith says, “Four words describe our society, revelings, insulting, ravaging and lawlessness.” Many in our society have thrown off the restraints and have no regard for decency. Many have no fear of the law.
In recent days, we have been inundated with NFL Players not standing during our National Anthem. It has caused much controversy and the worst has yet to come. It reminds me of when I was a young boy, in the mid 1960’s and my Dad took me to Yankee Stadium for a game. As we stood for our National Anthem, there were two young men seated in front of us who remained seated. Without hesitation, my Dad a, Korean War Veteran, reached down, clutched their collars and said, “Boys, when they play our National Anthem we ALL stand up!” As people around us applauded my Dad’s action, I stood, watched and learned a great truth that day. That cloth with the stars and stripes isn’t just any piece of cloth, that cloth represents who we are as a people. Not to stand is to dishonor those who fought and died so we could stand.
Our flag represents freedom, pride and justice. Freedom because of the many lives given to fight for this right. Pride in what we are as a God-fearing people. And, justice for each one of us, regardless of race, color or creed.
Romans 13 tells us the powers that be are ordained of God. Yes, to be an American means we’re free, but to not respect our flag is to put your fist in the face of God! This goes much deeper than not standing…it’s high treason against Heaven. I love America and I believe it’s the greatest nation on the face of the earth. I will stand when our Anthem is played. I will honor our nation and our God. Will you join me?