I am generally of the opinion that we should respect the President because of the office he holds & because God’s Word tells us to:
1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Romans 13:1-7 (ESV)
See also Titus 3:1 & 1 Peter 2:13-17.
But how do we respond when the President goes too far?
It seems bad enough that the administration is forcing religious institutions to cover birth control pills even though it violates the beliefs of some religious groups. But what should we do when he tries to force religious institutions to cover abortifacients (which are required to be covered)?
I understand that God’s law trumps any human law, but what do you do if you are an employer like mine (I work for a Catholic hospital system)? Essentially the only way they can avoid providing coverage for these things is to offer no health insurance whatsoever to their employees. And what happens if they do that? Well, besides having a bunch of ticked off employees, the company would have to pay very steep fines which could potentially sink the organization resulting in lack of access to healthcare for scores of people.
So what do you say? What would be a biblical response to this rule? How do you oppose the President & his policy & still adhere to Romans 13:1-7, Titus 3:1, & 1 Peter 2:13-17?
And, by the way, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ comment regarding granting religious organizations an extra year to comply with the rule (“This . . . strikes a balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services”) would be laughable if this wasn’t so serious a situation.