“Listen up—blacks, whites, Latinos, and everybody else. Most police shootings can be avoided,” Franklin Graham posted. “It comes down to respect for authority and obedience. If a police officer tells you to stop, you stop. If a police officer tells you to put your hands in the air, you put your hands in the air. If a police officer tells you to lay down face first with your hands behind your back, you lay down face first with your hands behind your back. It’s as simple as that. Even if you think the police officer is wrong—YOU OBEY.”
“Parents, teach your children to respect and obey those in authority. Mr. President, this is a message our nation needs to hear, and they need to hear it from you,” he wrote. “Some of the unnecessary shootings we have seen recently might have been avoided. The Bible says to submit to your leaders and those in authority ‘because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.”
You would think people would agree with Rev. Graham’s point of view. While I expected the liberal media to attack his message, I never expected church leaders to take him to task. They say he has sinned against and hurt the Body of Christ. Interpreted that means he does not agree with mainline, progressive leaders. But the Word of God supports his comments.
- Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established...Romans 13:1-7
- Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 1 Peter 2:13-15
Thank you Rev. Graham for boldly standing for the Word of God.