I’d just like to remind everyone of something that’s in the Bible. It’s a passage that I heard a LOT between 2000-2008, but that has somehow fallen out of common use since late January of 2009. It goes like this:
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 for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will 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. Therefore, 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.
-Romans 13:1-7 (New International Version)
…so yeah… Just based on some of the comments I’ve seen from “Christians” on Facebook lately, I thought it was time to blow the dust off that particular scripture.
My song of the moment:
A. C. Newman (who is also in the New Pornographers) – “Prophets”