Hillary Clinton finds herself making headlines and not the kind desired when being the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democrat party. For the past few days, an outcry has arisen over the fact she utilized a personal email and a “home brew” server to conduct government business while she served as Secretary of State. The Clinton’s aren’t strangers to controversy, and this current indiscretion committed by Mrs. Clinton might be nothing more than fleeting news, but her actions do corroborate teachings found in the Word of God.
Numbers 32:23b teaches, “……and be sure your sin will find you out.”
Some might balk at the idea of calling Hillary’s secret missives sin, but the Bible addresses this as well. Romans 13:1-7 states,
“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. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
This passage makes it abundantly clear that we are to obey the government God places over us. God created government to establish order, punish evil, and promote justice. According to information posted on TheHill.com, “White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that the Obama administration had given “very specific guidance” telling all agencies that staffers should use their official email accounts when conducting official business, and that any business conducted through personal email accounts be “preserved consistent with the Federal Records Act.”
Though considered not technically illegal, she deliberately and with forethought chose to disobey the protocol established by the Obama Administration. The Word of God specifically teaches that the only time disobedience to governing authorities is okayed, is when the law of man conflicts with the law of God. Acts 5:27-29 shares,
“Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. ‘We gave you strict orders not to teach in this Name,’ he said. ‘Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.’ Peter and the other apostles replied: ‘We must obey God rather than men!’”
“It is clear that as long as the law of the land does not contradict the law of God, we are bound to obey the law of the land. As soon as the law of the land contradicts God’s command, we are to disobey the law of the land and obey God’s law.”
Some scoff at applying biblical teaching to this “bump” in Hillary’s road to the presidential nomination. However, if she conceals important information as the Secretary of State, how much more will she cover up as Commander in Chief. She boasted in 2008,
“I think I’m probably the most transparent person in public life.”
Former White House Press Secretary echoed these sentiments about the Obama White House when he said,
“There has never been a more transparent Administration.”
Transparency and hiding official government emails seems to be an oxymoron. Every time I hear an Obama Administration dub itself as “transparent,” I think of Inigo Montoya in the Princess Bride saying,
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
The American people know what “transparency” means.
Does Hillary Clinton?