Understanding the biblical injunction to obey our leaders (Rom. 13) does not excuse our accountability to use our minds wisely. Nor can it mean that we bail out on our responsibility as a citizen of the United States. President Kennedy famously urged, "Ask what you can do for your country." And there are things that a good, law-abiding Christian can do without relinquishing his duty before God. Under dictatorial Rome and other such totalitarian governments, the average citizen was severely limited in their impact on government. But our founding fathers, through the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights bequeathed to every person a voice in the United States.
2 Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.