Tuesday, May 6, 2008

All authorities

Giving the American interpretation of Romans 13 to Iraq:

1 Everyone must submit himself to Saddam Hussein, for there is no authority except that which God has established. Saddam Hussein has been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against Saddam Hussein is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For Saddam Hussein holds no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of Saddam Hussein? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4 For Saddam Hussein is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. Saddam Hussein is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to Saddam Hussein, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for Saddam Hussein is God's servant, who gave his full time to governing.

Romans 13:2-6

4 comments:

~JOSh-X said...

So... I don't get it... what are you trying to say?

Destroy:Ideas said...

I was just reading about Romans 13 and I had it in my mind to put specific authorities in the text and see what it means then.

I think a few people might think saying, "Saddam Hussein is God's servant" might be offensive or whatever, but the text was written when Nero Caesar was ruling Rome.

His Name Extoled said...

the american context is George Bush right now, and soon to be Obillary. anyway, the text is 2 fold, it shows a citizens rightful place with worldly powers, and the responsibility of that worldly power before God. leaders of countries who pervert good leadership will be judged by God as pastors who pervert good shepherding. but in a sobering reality, if I were an Iraqi, then Saddam would have been my God appointed leader.

mountainguy said...

Nice post man!! Let's see if yor fellow USAmericans understand that there are a lot of countries (about 200), so the only authority is not G.W. Bush (or Obama for this moment).