Today I was reading Romans 13 (NIV).
Verses 1-5 state: 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. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 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. 4 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. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
The United States Presidential Election is in full-swing. We all have different opinions on the next step our Country should head towards.
Listen to Verses 6-7: This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 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
Since my NIV Bible is also a teaching Bible, the explanation of verses 1-7 stated there are three types of Christian interpretations of these verses. (**taken from NIV Life Application Bible – copyright 1988)
#1 – Some Christians believe that the state is so corrupt that Christians should have as little to do with government as possible. Although they should be good citizens as long as they can do so without compromising their beliefs, they should not work for the government, vote in elections or sever in the military.
#2 – Some Christians believe that God has given the state authority in certain areas and the church authority in other areas. Christians can be loyal to both and can work for either. They should not, however, confuse the two. In this view, church and state are concerned with two different spheres – the spiritual and the physical – and thus complement each other but do not work together.
#3 – Others believe that Christians have a responsibility to make the state better. They can do this politically by electing Christian or other high-principally leaders. They can do this morally by serving as influence for good in society. In this view, church and state ideally work together for the good of all.
Which door is your choice? 1 – 2 – 3