Much has been said in the past couple of days about Attorney General Jeff Session’s comments referencing the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 13. Paul gives instructions in this text about obeying the government because they are given their authority by God and worthy of respect.
This is most certainly true. Before you write it off as being ridiculous, go and learn more about the Roman government that is in power as Paul is writing this. You’ll discover that he’s living under an emperor who is violently anti-Christian and this is not a reference to simply Christian governments.
However, while the command for respecting our government is true, I’m not sure if that is the most helpful place to go in Scripture when talking about the way that we treat other people.
If Christians are going to invoke scripture when discussing policy and especially policies related to the treatment of other human beings, might we also consider:
Having laws are important. God has instituted government and given it authority for good order and keeping the peace. However, as Christians we are called to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves and to care for those who we find around us. We really have no excuse not to do this.
6/16/2018 09:43:39 am
AG Sessions used a biblical reference to lend virtue to the enforcement of a law that can have unpleasant consequences. I believe our laws should be enforced and that he is wrong to use God to justify the unpleasant consequences. I am raising a child because the law said that what the mother did justified separating him from her. The fact that a law has unpleasant consequences doesn’t mean it should not be enforced. An unenforced law is no law at all.
6/19/2018 08:42:52 am
Hey Uncle Jerry,
4/28/2023 12:40:14 pm
Thank you for letting me know that we should discuss policies related to the treatment of other human beings. My friend wants to legalize their church governance. I think it's best to turn to a church governance lawyer with vast experience in the field.
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