Governing Authorities Part 1.
Today, I’m going to talk about government. Actually, this whole week, I’m going to talk about government.
If we take a look through a variety of commentaries, articles and Bible blogs on this topic; we find numerous opinions on these verses. Some of the skeptics readily say:
“These verses just mean the governing authorities in the church. They don’t really mean the government!”
Clearly, these people have some submission issues.
Unfortunately for the skeptics, their opinion just doesn’t hold up. We know that the early church never taxed the members of the body; yet Paul speaks of taxation in verses 6 and 7.
Another skeptics’ argument is:
“These verses were written and placed into Scripture by the King of England, while the first English translations were coming into existence.”
Wrong again, because scholars have found much earlier manuscripts of this passage.
So, whether we like it or not, Paul is in fact addressing the topic of government in this passage. Though separation of church and state tends to keep heads cool, this passage in Romans brings us to the point where we must discuss them together.
Throughout this week, we’ll be hashing out this passage and how it applies today. Check back in tomorrow, to look at some historical context!
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How did Paul submit to government?