Often, when I hear about a new law that has just been passed, I think about how it will directly impact me. Sometimes I conclude that the legislators didn’t go far enough, but other times I feel they are overreaching into areas that they have no business legislating.
Romans 13:1-7 (NIV) says “Let everyone be subject 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, whoever 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 for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
On this premise, let’s move forward with Sproul’s narrative. The topics discussed are:
1) Legal Force
2) Civil Obedience
3) The Sword and the Keys
4) Established Religion
5) An Instrument of Evil
6) Civil Disobedience
The principles set forth here can be a guide before, during & after this current election cycle is complete.
NOTE: This pocket-sized volume is book number nineteen in Sproul’s “Crucial Questions” series.
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