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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans
Mixing Religion and Politics in the Bible
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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans
Religious Politics Lesson
Mixing Religion and Politics in the Bible Journey
Hello again! Glad you're back at Daily Bread for our continuing study
of Paul's letter to the Romans. There are many people who will tell
you that there are two things that they don't like to discuss with
other people, and those two things are politics and religion. Well,
Paul isn't afraid to talk about either one of them.
Don't forget that this letter was addressed to all that be in Rome,
all the beloved of God, and all who are called to be saints, and that
most every country that compassed the Mediterranean Sea was under
rule of the Roman Empire at the time.
You've got to assume that many countries, when under the rule of
another country are opposed to the idea (of losing their
sovereignty), unless there is famine or poverty or other hardship
that the ruling country is helping to overcome. There was probably a
lot of animosity toward the Romans in that area of the world and Paul
addresses this issue.
Religious Politics Discussion
Mixing Religion and Politics in the Bible Concern
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no
power but of God: the powers that be [exist] are ordained [appointed]
Think back for a moment to when Jerusalem was carried away into
Babylon. What did God say then?
And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not
serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not
put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation
will I punish, saith the Lord, with the sword, and with the famine,
and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.
Just as in every case, be sure that the authority you are respecting
is indeed of God. There will be a time when antichrist will be in
authority over the whole world, but you know that his dominance is
not an appointment of God. (See the Antichrist
Study) Paul is referring to leaders that are appointed by God.
Religious Politics Study
Mixing Religion and Politics in the Bible Warning
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the
ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the
evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is
good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if
thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword
in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath
upon him that doeth evil.
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath,
but also for conscience sake.
6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are
God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom
tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to
This is pretty clear. To be concise, if you buck the system, you may
be opposing someone that God appointed. You pretty much can't go
wrong by doing right. And who doesn't want a peaceful society? The
authorities purpose is to keep the peace and taxes pay for things
that are necessary for peace and order and function.
Certainly, there are corruptions of government and law in every
society. Evil is everywhere, but in this case, Paul is talking about
those who are appointed by God.
Religious Politics Meaning
Mixing Religion and Politics in the Bible Danger
Notice that government and law are two different things. Government
is made up of servants of God to keep order among peoples and
nations, otherwise the world would be utter chaos.
You may wonder how government can be favorable in God's eyes, since
He didn't want a king over Israel in the first place, but though
Israel had no king, they did indeed have government. They had elders
and judges and prophets and armies, etc.
Law, in biblical terms on the other hand refers to moral behaviors
and decisions which were imposed on mankind in the Old Testament, but
was replaced by the New Testament of Faith.
So, we can conclude that we are under the authority of the
government, but no longer under the old law of the Old Testament, but
we are now under the new law of the New Testament.
Religious Politics Debate
Mixing Religion and Politics in the Bible Fear
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he
that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this [because these], Thou shalt not commit
adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not
bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other
commandment, it is briefly comprehended [are all included] in this
saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is
the fulfilling of the law.
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time
[long past time] to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation
nearer than when we believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us
therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the
armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and
drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness [gangs and
unrestraint], not in strife and envying [trouble and jealousy].
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not
provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof [provide no
opportunity to fulfill the desires of the flesh].
Religious Politics Conclusion
Mixing Religion and Politics in the Bible Summary
There's still more to learn in the next three chapters of this great
letter from Paul, so hurry on back and we'll share it together, right
here at Daily Bread.
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