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Governing Authorities: Romans 13:1

Updated on November 3, 2012

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.” Romans 13:1

Timely and likely intentional, this one applies to election time. Is God a liberal, conservative, libertarian, socialist, absolutist or what?

Oddly, He seems to be an amalgamation of all.

He is absolute in that His statutes are entirely right, as per His definition of right. Thus, an absolutist of sorts to the second power; squared.

A conservative in that He is unchanging. Same now as He ever was.

Socialist? In the beginning, kind of, in Genesis. At the onset, everything was provided for people. Food was vegetarian, right there for the taking. Depending on interpretation within reason, perhaps the option to grow and tend the garden as provided. A type of work which would be considered rewarding and healthy. Physical exercise being a good and enjoyable thing. Perfect climate. No economy in the modern sense. No taxation or money. Everything belonged first to Him and He dished it out to and for us. A perfect kind of socialism I suppose.

At the same time a Libertarian, as the institution of free will offset any type of imposition. He gave us what was good but still left open the option to do as we chose.

That freedom of choice resulted, ultimately, in the mass confusion we see today; including the spectrum of political views. And who, if anybody, is even close to being right? Right, that is, according to the unchanging definition of right which He instituted?

Regardless, today’s verse set tells us those in power are there only because He has allowed it. No matter what happens on November 6th, it will happen according to His plan. It is said in scripture that He transcends time. Thus, what will happen has kind of already happened in His mind. “mind” being that which is on another level as compared to ours.

A lot of people are really anxious about what will happen. Our country, it could be said, is quite polarized right now. So a large % of people will be either elated, disappointed or neutral on November 7th.

However it turns out, He is in control.


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    • lucabrasi profile image

      lucabrasi 5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      I agree. First, as a qualifier, I realize full well that not all of us believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. Operating on that premise however: Rule by any one man or group of people is indeed tyranny. The reason, man is fallible. He (we) cannot exert rule without tyranny becoming the end result. I think the founders of our country knew that? Interestingly, the Bible claims that Christ will return and inact a 1000 year millenial reign on earth, kind of like a world President. He will be able to do it, unlike any man could. With regard to the election, just hope the guy who wins can do a good job and let Americans do their thing. A revival of sorts. Again, from a Biblical view, God might use the Presisdent to enact positive change.

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      LewSethics 5 years ago

      I always thought that the rule of one over many was defined as tyranny.

      Presidents don't rule, they try to make things happen, hopefully in line with the will of the people, etc etc.