There has been a lot of talk lately, especially in political circles about accountability, or maybe more accurately, the lack of accountability. Much of this revolves around our government, our political representatives, and the economic, cultural, and social situations that America and her citizens find themselves in. As usual there is much rhetoric, but very little evidence that anybody grasps the concept of accountability anymore. We have squandered the financial future of the next several generations, and left our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren with a great burden that they do not deserve. We are causing them to inherit a nation that is spiritually, morally, culturally, and economically bankrupt and destitute. In this midst of all this talk, one key principle seems to have been ignored; the principle of a higher accountability. While politicians may get away with governing against the will of the people, ultimately, they can never escape the consequences of governing against the will of God.
In Romans 13:1-6 the Apostle Paul reveals the truth of accountability to a higher authority. In this passage Paul specifically states that in God’s view, those elected to govern are His ministers. In verses 1-2 Paul writes that “…the powers that be are ordained of God.” The following verses express God’s expectations of those who are governing. Those who serve in any of these capacities ignore these truths at great peril to themselves and the nation.
After establishing that the concept and principles of government are from God, Paul continues to describe God’s expectations of those who serve in these positions. The truth Paul shares is that God ordained government for two explicit purposes. The first is to condemn evil, and the second is to commend good, as God defines good and evil. Ro. 13:4 states, “For he is the minister of God to thee for good.” The danger for those governing is that they substitute their own definition of good and evil. Thus, as they create their own standard, and move away from God’s definition as declared in His Word, the Bible, they find themselves in a dangerous situation.
The prophet Isaiah said in Is. 5:20, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” Unfortunately, many of those who lead this nation have done this very thing. This nation sanctions the killing of over 1 million unborn children a year by abortion and calls it a necessary thing. This is a nation that has been bankrupted by politicians and others, all of whom have their own standard of good and evil. This is a nation that has seen judicial activists attempt to remove all public displays of faith, especially Christian faith, from the public arena. Some have gone so far as to forbid prayer in Jesus name. The only thing permissible today is a bland form of “ceremonial deism” that is generic enough to pass the godless muster of our courts.
Those in the public arena should understand that whether they agree or not, whether they like it or not, whether they acknowledge it or not, this truth is sure. God ordained government and He alone will judge whether or not those who have been placed in these positions have honored Him with their service. Whether these folks comprehend it or not, their first accountability is to the living God. Public servants, who reject God’s claim on their service, will one day discover the reality of God’s Word when they give account to the Higher Authority.