Jesus never intended worldly government to replace His authority. God’s authority is sovereign and of a world (heaven) we can only begin to imagine.
That is why when my husband shared this article with me, I felt it quite necessary to address the topic of Jeff Sessions’s “abuse” of scripture.
I don’t often write on political matters but this is a matter where a politician is addressing the church, the church I love, and using the Word as a way to motivate people into action.
Sessions is part of the government telling us to submit to government.
It conjures images of a controlling husband and telling his wife that she is to submit to him.
We all know that this is in context of his submission to her as well. We know by now (hopefully) that his use of Ephesians 5:22 outside of context could be considered abuse.
So did Sessions really abuse scripture? Did he take it out of context?
Considering that he is confronting unchristian practices of the government, I would say “no.”
Jeff Sessions has been working to affect change within the structure he operates while encouraging believers to submit to this authority. Clearly, he does not mean that we are blindly submissive. It is implied in his actions to change policy that he understands certain things are out of order with the Word. Whether he has been able to accomplish his goals or not is irrelevant. Whether he has all the details right is irrelevant as well.
The point is that he believes the government should submit to the Lord, and the people to the government under God.
I am not arguing that his perspective of what this looks like is flawless. I am saying that his heart is in the right place; as much as it can be presently.
“It conjures images of a controlling husband and telling his wife that she is to submit to him.”
Ultimately, we all need to come before they Lord on the matters of immigration, racism, and same-sex marriage (as with everything else), and allow Him to lead us in His will.
We need to continue in prayer for our government officials and trust that they will do as the Spirit leads.
There are God-sized problems in the world, including our beloved USA. Jeff Sessions is not going to fix these problems anymore than Donald Trump or Obama or the next conservative Supreme Court Justice.
Like us, they are all part of the problem.
They are sinful human beings like you and me. There is no cultural, or governmental issue that exists separate of a sin issue.
We need Jesus and since no one knows when He’s coming to right this insanity, it is up to us to be vessels for His grace in the meantime.
I think you would be surprised at how effective this tactic can be. After all it is the tactic God chose to conduct His grace to the world in His temporary departure.
Perhaps we should continue to concern ourselves with what Jesus wants more than what our politicians want. This particular politician we are discussing would agree, I believe.
May we argue less and love more.