Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Romans 13:5-8(NASB)
5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. 8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
That is a hard verse to swallow for moderns. We've been inculcated with a anarachic streak that isn't helpful, the one that wants to run a red light when there's no traffic for blocks. God's put the rulers in place, and unless some law runs clearly counter to the Gospel, we're supposed to obey it. That's not fun, but it's proper. Our focus needs to be not on civil disobedience, but on love. There's room to show God's love within the confines of the law.

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