Lesson Learned: God gives us leaders.
1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Talking Points: God gives everyone a job to do. Your mom and dad’s job is to help raise you and God gave them that job. When your mom or dad or teacher tells you to do something like clean up your toys or stand in line, they are doing the job that God gave them to do–raise and teach you. God has also given a special job to the leaders of our country, who are called Presidents.
Question: Do you know what country we live in? Who is the president? Who made that person president? Who gave your parents the job of raising you?
Activity: Have your kids stand and put their hand on their heart and say the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Then have the kids say the pledge to the Bible:
“I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word, I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path and will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.”
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for making the leaders of our country and for giving everyone a special job. Thank you for my mom and dad. Please help me to listen and obey to those who have authority over me. Amen!