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September 18, 2014

Appalachian Bible College Constitution Day Chapel

On Tuesday, September 17 I had the privilege of sharing the Constitution Day message in chapel at Appalachian Bible College. In my message I sought to challenge the students, faculty, and staff to consider how they might relate to their leaders in a more biblical way.

Observances of Constitution Day often examine how we relate to our government system and institutions. Voting, political activism, and involvement in political campaigns are encouraged through principles and applications drawn from God's Word.

I believe the clear commands of scripture deal specifically with how we relate to government leaders individually. (Romans 13, 1 Timothy 2:1-4; Titus 3:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17). So we must ask, what is our relationship to our government leaders:

  • Are they enemies to be despised and ridiculed?
  • Are they opponents to be defeated?
  • Are they leaders to be influenced?
  • Are they souls for whom we pray and to whom we witness?

When we remember how God used Paul to proclaim the message of the gospel to the highest government leaders of his day and when we read what Paul wrote to the early believers, we see that the priority is the gospel.

Certainly we have the right, privilege, and responsibility to be involved in our political process. However the fact that we live in a representative republic does not repeal the clear teaching of God's Word as to how we relate to our leaders.

You can listen to the chapel message here.

Tim Pauley

Ministry Director, West Virginia