I have never understood why some people think that being godly means being passive and stupid, regardless. While the Bible admonishes Christians and the godly in Romans chapter 13:1 to “be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God ,” we are also told in 2 Timothy 1:7 that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Additionally, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
In none of the above famous scriptures, often used to manipulate people into senseless submission or anywhere else in the Bible, are the godly called upon to be memes who accept and believe anything from authoritative figures, regardless. As a godly person, you are not supposed to be a blind crowd-follower. Remember you are a chosen and peculiar people – 1 Peter 2:9.
Christians are expected to be people with minds capable of reason (2 Timothy 1:7) and to prove all things; holding fast to that which is good – 1 Thessalonians 5:21. In Acts 17:11, Christians are encouraged to be like the Bereans (a godly group during Bible days) who were more distinguished than the Thessalonians “in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
Christians and the godly are to be loving-powerful thinkers. You are not to believe and accept everything just because some authoritative figure says it. You are to use the Bible or your Holy Text as your reference and use your mind in verifying matters – 1 John 4:1. And just as not everything in the Bible is to be practiced (seeing some Bible passages are for doctrine – set of principles, while some are for reproof – severe criticism, or for correction – amendment, or for instruction – recommendation), you are not to subject to authorities when they lead you away from the righteous living of God.
If anyone is to be quick to hear, low to speak and quick to think, then it ought to be godly folks. Thus, it was with great joy on May 29, 2011, when I heard not one, but two fellow charismatic brethren in the Lord – pastor Rod Parsley of World Harvest Church and minister Irvin Baxter of Endtime Ministries – both joined in in cautioning about oppressive power-crazed governments and their quest for a one-world-order.
I grew up in a Pentecostal Assembly and know that a good number of my church folks tend to easily mistake passivity for humbleness, and can thus become easy preys to manipulative ministers who prostitute congregations by knowingly allying with oppressive governments. The godly is counseled by the Almighty Lord God through His word and thus ought to be of sound wisdom. The godly should have understanding and be people of strength.
Christians and godly folks are not supposed to be memes or be so gullible that they fall for anything. The word of God is there to equip you, alert you, strengthen you and empower you. Like the Bereans, you, Christian or the godly, should be among the first to spot deception and inconsistency, and be sound-minded and strong enough to speak up and speak out when duty calls.
Of course, you will be persecuted! But were you not informed in Matthew 24:9-14 that you shall be persecuted for righteousness sake? And in John 16:33 to be of good cheer because the Lord Jesus overcame and it is finished?
While godlessness shall abound and humans will seek to be god(s), Christians and the godly are to be of a sound mind and always apt to sifter those things that obviously contradict the loving and orderly character of the Almighty God of creation, while holding to those things that are good and of good report. To be godly does not mean to be passive or to be stupid.