1. People in positions of power have a tendency to often overstep their authority.
Acts 16:36-39 “And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go. And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace.”
2. We, as good citizens, MUST call them out so that righteousness will prevail.
“But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.”
3. The lawful never have to fear the law but lawless should, even they who have positions of authority.
“And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans. And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.
LESSON - Absolute power corrupts absolutely! Our founders had experienced this corruption firsthand when they fled Europe. They knew this when they created our Constitution and Bill of Rights. If Christians are to enjoy these God-given freedoms within our country, we must take a stand when corrupt officials attempt to infringe upon our rights as citizens. Our responsibility as citizens of two worlds is to:
1. Know our rights as individuals.
2. Educate others.
3. Vote Biblically.
4. Identify corruption wherever it exists, regardless of political party.
5. Strive for positions of influence when necessary.
6. Love God and serve others, not self.
Until our Heavenly Father calls us from this world, we must remain good stewards by being good citizens. Mt 22:21 “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.”