Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.
This is a good day for this verse as we head into Michigan's primary tomorrow. Insiders trash outsiders, conservatives trash liberals and Tea Partiers trash garden-variety conservatives; meanwhile, any voting record is twisted like Silly Putty to the detriment of the office-holder.
The candidate running as a rebel (Durant) doesn't get the first part of verse 1 overly well, nor does his working Hoeksta's congressional record like pretzel dough help matters; I didn't like it when Romney's ad goons did that to Santorum, and Durant cuts-and-pastes from those ads to go after Hoekstra. The candidate who all but calls the sitting senator a traitor (Hoekstra) just flunked verse two.
My sense of fair play gets offended by everyone in that race. Both the main Republicans would self-identify as Christian, but I'm not seeing a lot of the fruit of the Spirit in this race.
The best we can do is to live out what Paul is calling for ourselves. Rats tend to win the rat race, but we don't have to run that race with them.