Dr. Dan Hayden • 

Why do we have to obey pagan immoral leaders? They don’t speak for God—or do they?

Say, didn’t you find it interesting that the coalition of western super-powers was not able to dislodge Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq during the Desert Storm war? And that the same coalition of super-powers was not able to topple Slobodan Milosevic from Serbian power during the Kosovo bombings? Looks to me like the Bible is right when it says that supreme power and ultimate authority among men is under the control of a sovereign God.

In Romans 13 the Apostle Paul said, “…the powers that be are ordained of God.” Good ones and bad ones, dictators, kings, and presidents, are all for the purpose of fulfilling God’s sovereign design. When Peter wrote his first Epistle, the wicked Nero was Caesar in Rome. Yet in 1 Peter 2:13, he said, “…submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority, whether to a king as one in authority, or to governors.”


“As one in authority” is a Greek word that means to be supreme; to have an ultimate power.

Listen, God can bless a nation with good leaders, or He can curse a nation with bad leaders. But, either way, they have an authority given to them by God, and it is our own responsibility to submit to that authority.

Say—is God blessing America? Or is He cursing America? How we vote next may be an indicator.