“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)

In the explanation of the Fourth Commandment (Honor your father and your mother) found in Luther’s Small Catechism of 1529, Luther writes that we should “fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them.”  And according to this week’s memory verse, we understand that the government (governing authorities) has authority because God gives it and protects it by the Commandments.  The government would have no authority if God did not establish and allow it. No matter who you voted for in the elections, they are in office and are due our honor, respect and obedience.

Likewise, our military service men and women are a part of our government.  They too are due our honor, respect and heartfelt thanks for their service – to us and to our Lord!

May God provide us with honest, worthy and faithful governing authorities. Amen.