1 Peter 2:13-17 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; (14) Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. (15) For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: (16) As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. (17) Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
It is a considerate walk
Considerate of others not just considering ourselves. Not abusing the liberty we have in the freedom of Jesus but using for others.
I think of this time of the Westboro Baptist Church. Their website is (name is blocked). This is an ungodly position and evil in the sight of the Lord Jesus. I know homosexuailty is a sin, but we do not hate the sinner. We do not protest funerals at the graveside of our nation’s fallen heroes with hate speech and propaganda. Jesus loved the sinners. He was their friend. He ate with them, He fed them, he touched them, He cared for them. He reserved his harshest words for the religious:
- A Generation of Vipers (Matthew 12:34): Though they boasted of their being the seed of Abraham, yet their immediate ancestors were no other than vipers, deceitful, hurtful, poisonous creatures; and they were exactly like them: for though they made a fair show in the flesh, and outwardly appear righteous, yet were inwardly full of the poison of wickedness.
- Whited Sepulchers (Matthew 23:37): Beautiful on the outside, full of dead men’s bones on the inside. Their outward conduct appeared well, but their hearts were full of hypocrisy, envy, pride, lust, and malice – suitably represented by the corruption within a whited tomb.
Not to be mean, but if the shoe fits…
But As Servants of God
These were free from sin and Satan, but they were the servants of God – bound to obey him; and, as he had made it their duty to obey the civil magistrate, they served God by submitting to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake.