GOD’S 2 CENTS
What does the Bible have to say?
The Mayor Joe Fontana Controversy ~ Ontario
This message was brought by Pastor Dave Andrews Sunday morning Jan. 27th. Him and a panel of 3 other Pastors: Senior Pastor Rick Boyes, Pastor Tim Schwindt & Pastor Blair Mercer spoke on 4 “World Topics”.
The Other 3 Topics:
- The Teacher Strike (Pastor Rick) ~ (BLOG here: The Teacher Strike )
- The Shooting Tragedy in Connecticut (Pastor Tim) ~ (BLOG here: Shooting Tragedy In Connecticut )
- Hurricane Sandy & Natural Disasters (Pastor Blair) ~ (BLOG here: Hurricane Sandy & Natural Disasters )
For each topic a list of scriptures were given to use to reference. Here’s the PDF of Questions & Scripture References To All “4″ Topics: Sermons ~ God’s Two Cents
PASTOR DAVE’S SERMON NOTES
The Mayor Joe Fontana Controversy
The headlines on Nov 21st read as follows:
The RCMP announced today Joe Fontana, the Mayor of London, Ontario, has been charged with three Criminal Code offences. All charges spring from an investigation of a federal cheque used to pay the deposit on his son Michael’s wedding reception in 2005. The charges of breach of trust by a public officer, fraud and uttering forged documents were filed against Fontana Wednesday.
- What was your initial reaction?
- What does the scriptures say about those in authority?
Peter says to the church ~ to you and me, 1Peter 2:11-12,17 “you are foreigners and strangers on this earth ~ this world is not your home” …
In North America, we live in a Democracy ~ it’s the only system or way of governance most of us here this morning have experienced. But as Christians, we are called to live by Kingdom principles. Jesus Christ is the King and we are a part of His Kingdom.
Luke 17:21 ~ “ Jesus said “the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
God’s Word is the manual on how to live according to Kingdom values and principles. That’s why scripture says in :
Romans 12:1-2 ~ Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Philippians 2:5 ~ Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
1. What does the bible say about those in authority over us?
Romans 13:1-2 ~ … There is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
All authority is established by God.
2. What is our responsibility as Christians to those in authority?
~ Romans 13:1 ~ Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities…
~ “Let everyone” ~ the Greek word used here for “everyone”, actually means “everyone” – no exemption.
~ So everyone is to “be subject” to those in authority ~ That means to voluntarily place ourselves under submission to authorities with the full intent of obeying them.
~ And the reason, is because God has appointed all governing authorities in our lives.
~ We are also to pray for them.
~ 1 Timothy 2:1-3 ~ that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority,
~ 1 Peter 2:17 ~ Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honour the emperor.
So we are to be subject to authority ~ voluntarily submissive ~ we are to pray for them – and we are to show them respect.
Again ~ why? Because God put them there.
3. When leaders make mistakes or we disagree with them, or they are ungodly, does our response change depending on their character?
Scripture is full of examples of ungodly rulers in authority over Christians and the Children of Israel.
When Paul wrote those words, in Romans 13 ~ that all authority is from God and we are to submit to those in authority –Paul was referring to the Romans. Not only were they very ungodly and corrupt, they were also very harsh in their treatment to Christians.
When Peter penned the words “…honor the emperor” ~ in 1 Peter 2:17, he was referring to the King who had James killed and was persecuting the believers of his day.
Example #1: King Agrippa & Caesar
1 Peter 2:11-16 ~ Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors,
It’s not about the person in authority over you as much as it is the One Who put them there!
Example #2: Pharaoh
~ I’ve included a number of scriptures in your notes regarding the Ch of Israel and Pharaoh . (– Ex 9:16; Romans 9:17; John 8:17; Gen 15:13; Gen 45:4-8; Ps 105:16-19; Ex 1:8-14;Ex 9:16; Ex 9:27; )
~ Pharaoh ~ was brutal in his treatment of Israel, he was defiant and arrogant with no regard for human life or the Lord.
~ Where did his authority come from?
~ How did God’s people end up under him?
~ Was it an accident?
~ Great Bible study to do on your own.
~ Follow God’s involvement from Joseph being sold into slavery in Egypt ~ to his imprisonment – to Joseph’s part in being in the right place at the right time for his entire family …
~ And then years later ~ under a different Pharaoh who was cruel – investigate what God said about His purposes for that evil Pharaoh and how that was all a part of God’s plan.
Respecting and submitting to the position of authority
is our privilege and responsibility as followers of Jesus Christ.
Trusting in God Who is over all authority.