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Revisiting Romans 13

As of yesterday, President Biden has made it abundantly clear that he wants to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all Americans.

He announced a mandate that all businesses with more than 100 employees require vaccination or weekly COVID testing.

This is unethical and unconstitutional. Worse yet is that I fear Christians will once again turn to Romans 13 as an excuse to comply. Most of last year, they quoted verses 1-2.

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”

These Christians argued that the Bible tells us to obey mandates. HOWEVER, they conveniently left out verses 3-4:

“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: 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.”

Our “rulers” (and I would argue that America was not designed to “ruled” by anyone but the people) are “NOT A TERROR TO GOOD WORKS . . . He is the MINISTER OF GOD to thee FOR GOOD.”

We are supposed to fear doing EVIL and face punishment from “rulers.” That is not what is happening right now. Right now, our government seeks to punish those of us who want to do the right things for ourselves and our families. We want to go to church and our jobs unimpeded by the State.

Romans 13 is not an excuse to be compliant. It is a guide for understanding the proper role of a Godly government.

Remember that in these coming days.

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