Romans 13:1-7


I’ve mentioned this verse before once or twice, either on one of my posts about homosexuality, or my post on the pro-life movement, but this verse deserves a post of its own, and it is absolutely perfect for keeping Christians who don’t like abortion or gay rights in check.

“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 those who do wrong.  Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority?  Then do what is right and he shall 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. There fore 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.”

Therefor, according to this very verse, the people who are in charge were put there by God, and their will is a reflection of God’s will. If the people in charge allow abortions, or if they legalize gay marriage, it is because God wants them to. And if you rebel against the government, you are rebelling against God, and we all know the punishment for that!

The only way to get around this verse is to claim that it only applies to some people, or that it is wrong, but that is a massive cop-out. The Bible is quite clear about the law, which also strengthens the claim that it was written with controlling the masses in mind. What’s the best way to keep a population in check? You could go for good leadership, but lots of people prefer mindless indoctrination!

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5 thoughts on “Romans 13:1-7

  1. Paul was referring to Roman law which had been THE secular authority for centuries.

    Therefore it was critical that the Roman authorities understand that the followers of Jesus of Nazareth were not revolutionaries and that the Gospel teachings of Jesus could not be used to justify revolution.


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