Thursday, July 16, 2009

More on Romans 13

It's time to take another look at Romans 13 and what it has to say about governing authorities.

For new readers, I've been doing a series of posts off and on about whether a Christian's submission to government is supposed to be absolute, as some argue. I've had my own musings on the subject, and have posted the views of others. Today, we share this commentary by Chuck Baldwin. It's worth pondering in light of our own situation here in the United States, and our government increasingly oblivious to the Constitution — the supreme law of the land.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for linking to that article.

In America, the U.S. Constitution is the "supreme Law of the Land."

That is exactly what my wife and I talked about at dinner last night.

Wavey Davy said...

I was thinking about Proverbs 29:2 this afternoon "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: But when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn".

So I guess its OK for the Christian to mourn under such rule!

Matthew Henry commented on this "let men have ever so much honor or power, if they be wicked and vicious, and use it ill, they make themselves contemptible and base before all people (as those priests, Mal. 2:9) and subjects will think themselves miserable under such a government".

Thanks Joel. I will share the link from Chuck Baldwin with friends.

TAR said...

I can not help but think of the circumstances under which the words of Romans 13 were penned.
The Romans had the authority over the jews.

jesus was submissive to the authorities over Him and Paul himself was imprisoned by the authorities. Yet he advises us to be subject to them

There is no authority not given by God.. (as Jesus told Pilot.)

To speak against unjust or ungodly authority is one thing, but we must be willing to accept the consequences of our actions in silence and submission