Every person should place themselves under the authority of the government. There isn’t any authority unless it comes from God, and the authorities that are there have been put in place by God. So anyone who opposes the authority is standing against what God has established. People who take this kind of stand will get punished. The authorities don’t frighten people who are doing the right thing. Rather, they frighten people who are doing wrong. Would you rather not be afraid of authority? Do what’s right, and you will receive its approval. It is God’s servant given for your benefit. But if you do what’s wrong, be afraid because it doesn’t have weapons to enforce the law for nothing. It is God’s servant put in place to carry out his punishment on those who do what is wrong. That is why it is necessary to place yourself under the government’s authority, not only to avoid God’s punishment but also for the sake of your conscience. You should also pay taxes for the same reason, because the authorities are God’s assistants, concerned with this very thing. So pay everyone what you owe them. Pay the taxes you owe, pay the duties you are charged, give respect to those you should respect, and honor those you should honor. (Romans 13:1-7, CEB)

We should submit to the authority of the authorities according to Paul in the snippet of Romans. We would need to read around it to see what else Paul says, and how we should interpret this.

Now in the days in the United States of America, where it seems that Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) are killed more by police or stopped more by police. I know lots of BIPOC who are worried every time they leave their home. This is not what Paul is speaking of above. He is talking about when everyone is treated justly, and equally. And when we get there, then we can say this, but until then I wonder what Paul would say to our time here now.

We should follow the rule of God and Love everyone and stand up for those who can not stand for themselves. I believe Paul would tell us a different story than he told the Romans.

What do you think?

Published by asacredrebel

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One thought on “Authority

  1. I agree. There have always been corrupt authorities throughout history, including kings of Israel and Judah, emperors in Paul’s time and in our own day with Stalin, Pol Pot, Hitler, etc. Bonhoeffer, the great German Lutheran pastor fought against Hitler and the 3rd Reich and even contributed in the plot to kill him. I like your interpretation – we should obey authorities when they are just.

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