The Oread Center seeks to create opportunities for the historic Christian faith to be seriously considered through thoughtful examinations of faith, calling and culture for the flourishing of the University and its community.
In this passage, Paul reminds us that it is important for believers to gather together; our obedience is strengthened and tempered as we list this out together. He also speaks of submitting to rulers and authorities because they are appointed by God. Our hope is in God, not in any ruler or authority - so we trust. Paul was intimately familiar with bad kings and rulers and he is not speaking of absolute submission. We are called to do that which is good and to be ready for every good work. We are promised that the meek will inherit the earth. God is at work. A day will come when God will rule and reign over the new heaven and the new earth. From Psalm 37, the word for us is the trust in the Lord and do good.