Top 10 Bible Verses About Government
There are so many different ways to interpret the Bible and what passages truly mean. Let’s take a look at the top 10 Biblical verses that refer to government, and go a little further in depth as to what they may be telling us.
“Should we pay or shouldn’t we?’ But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. ‘Why are you trying to trap me?’ he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.’ They brought the coin, and he asked them, ‘Whose image is this? And whose inscription?’ ‘Caesar’s,’ they replied. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.’ And they were amazed at him.”
These verses may take a few read-throughs in order to understand every portion of it. Often more than not, we find that money, or rather the concept of money, holds much corruption, and ultimately overwhelms our being with its “power”. This passage is a bit of a reminder that regardless of who has the “power” in terms of money or politics, all of the true glory should be to God, and his everlasting love and devotion for his people.
“But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.”
This verse is an absolutely fantastic reminder for every individual that all the arguments, all of the false stories and rumors that are being released about everything in the government, are all petty. We must remember to turn the other cheek to all of these dramatic pretenses, as they are not what is truly important in our society. It should be about the rights and the lives of the citizens, not the latest gossip story between political parties.
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”
This is another verse that may seem like a tough pill to swallow, especially for many individuals in our society today. Yes, there will always be those who are unhappy with the political decisions that are made by the authoritative leaders in our Nation. However, these verses are clearly stating that by rebelling, or even just by saying cruel things about our political situation or the way the country is being run at the moment, we are saying that God did not establish the correct notion. God has a reason for everything, and we must accept that, whether we completely agree or not.
“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”
Regardless of our age, our class or culture, we all need to be reminded to be humble and kind. In this same notion, it is also important for us to remember that these authoritative leaders in our government have been appointed to that position for a reason, and the majority of the time, we are the ones who vote them into their status. These verses stand as a good reminder to always be humble with our words and actions, especially towards those who are governing us.
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.”
This passage may seem a bit tricky, but generally speaking, it is again another verse that reminds us to be humble, especially in the eyes of the Lord. There are many who want to be accepted within the government and the political system, those who stick their necks out as far as they can to fit in with the standards that have been set by these leaders. However, it is the Heavenly Father who we should be trusting and proving our loyalty to, and once we decide to prioritize the Lord first and foremost, our mental stances on government will improve as well.
“He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, then he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.”
This passage is definitely an enticing metaphor for the political system. It seems as though so many individuals in our nation get so caught up in what is happening and how much they disagree with a specific leader or other authority, but in reality, these leaders will all come and go. God has a plan set in motion, and He will decide when it is time for a leader to be finished with his term in a specific place or not. We must trust in God and His plan, and that He has appointed this political authority over us at this time for a reason. Just the same, He will conclude their position when He decides their time in leadership is over.
“The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He rules the world in righteousness and judges the people with equity. The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
This passage is another friendly and wonderful reminder that regardless of the authority that we must follow in this mortal life, God is the Ruler and is above all. If we consciously remember that He is guiding us down the path He has chosen for us, even when we don’t agree with the aspects that are going on in our life (such as government policy and leadership), He has a reason, and He will not let us fall.
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
These verses in Colossians are pretty simple to interpret and comprehend. We must, before all things (including politics and other governing authority), put God first. He is the Creator of all; Thus Christ is the glue that is holding everything together. Christ should take precedence over the priorities and values of the government and the political system.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
This verse is a wakeup call for those who are feeling like they are just not themselves, especially in terms of political perspective. Often more than not, we find ourselves wanting to please those who are surrounding us by conforming and molding into the viewpoints and opinions that others want us to have. This verse is reminding us that we must not conform to these other perspectives, but rather learn and grow from them. There is a multitude of ideas that we can learn every single day from the political news that runs past us, so it is important to pay mindful attention to it, and grow from it rather than conform to negative aspects.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
This verse is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s always nice to hear that Biblical message. It is a reminder that God is always in control, and that God is always the first priority in this mortal life. Yes, there are many things in this life that are negative, that are cruel, and that are just hard to handle. The beauty in this cruelty and suffering that we are dealing with now is that God’s ultimate goal is for us to be with Him, and that He has a plan for this “mess” that we see every day. God knows what the mess the government seems to be in right now, and He is reminding us that it is part of His plan, and that He will overcome.