Tag Archive: Submission


Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. Romans 13:1-2

Sorry, I am late in publishing this post. I planned this but then forgot to write it. But anyway, here it is:

Paul had a right to vote. As a Roman citizen, he could have voted in assemblies. During his lifetime, mostly before he would have been a Christian, he would have seen this right to vote gradually usurped by the increasing centralized power of the Roman Empire. This empire, which operated on brutal slavery, conquest, and punishment, was clearly evil. Yet, after Paul’s conversion, did he call on Christians to politically oppose this evil? Not in Scripture. He may have protested politically, we don’t know. But, in his writings, he only called for Christians to submit to the authorities, as they only operate with the permission of God.

So, here is the question. Whether Hillary or Trump wins (or, against the odds, McMullin), will you, even if you despise them, submit to and respect them as someone appointed by God?

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“Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.” 1 Peter 2:11-15 NIV

During my final semester at UMass Amherst this spring, I was taking two course, Public Anthropology and Historical Archaeology, that involved social justice as a central theme. We looked at how whole systems of injustice and oppression arise and develop, and how most people unknowingly contribute to oppression. Many of the readings about the systematic injustice perpetrated every day throughout the world left me saddened and angered. I started thinking of how these ideas relate to 1 Peter, where Peter demonstrates what a life changed by Christ looks like, and realized that one of the foremost ways, perhaps THE foremost way, of demonstrating how Christ has transformed my is to care for and pursue justice for the oppressed. These thoughts all started to coalesce one day as I was working in the Franklin Dining Hall kitchen, and I came to the conclusion that it is impossible to be a Christian.
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