Govern Well or Be Governed?: The Christian and the Civil Authorities in Romans 13

Wednesday, 02 May 2007

Paul's primary concern about the civil authority in Romans 13 is that believers subject themselves to it. He opens with the basic imperative to "be in subjection" and provides a series of arguments for it, based upon both the command of God and prudential concerns. Most remarkable is what Paul doesn't say. Not a word is spent discussing how Christians employed by the governing authority ought to behave in that office. Indeed, advising rulers on how they should govern is not in his purview at all. Nor does he raise the question of the ...

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