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Romans 13: A more accurate interpretation.

Freedom loving Christians are always called out by evangelicals to be in contempt of scripture, Romans 13: 1-7 being the passage referenced. Classically the evangelical community has interpreted this passage to mean that the structure of government and the leader have been hand picked by God and need to be obeyed and respected as such. Looking at history or even at our recent and current presidents this can not be an accurate interpretation of this collection of verses. If you take extreme examples such as Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, or even the milder examples like the US government, and apply this classic interpretation, Romans 13 would be contradictory of the rest of scripture as these governments committed heinous crimes. So if this interpretation is wrong, then how should we read this?

I will present my interpretation using the ESV translation.

Romans 13:1a - Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.

Right of the bat we need to ask one basic question. Who are the governing authorities? As I am located in the US the governing authorities are those that are operating within the constraints of the constitution. Any power the government claims beyond what is allowed to them by the constitution is unlawful and therefore not recognized by God.

Romans 13:1b – For there is no authority except from God.

God is the ultimate and perfect authority. No earthly authority can claim to have power that defies God’s law nor claim unlawful power. We already covered what unlawful power is.

Romans 13:1c – Those that exist have been instituted by God.

It is true that God instituted a way for humans to manage themselves and deal with transgressions, this has taken the form of government in most places. God has handed down the authority to punish wrong doing to us. He made us the governing authorities. He left the choice of how with institute this power up to us. He did not set up modern day governments nor did he put specific people in power, we have done that. Personally I believe this authority was meant to take the form of the Non-Aggression Principle. I believe this is the case because of the context of Romans 13. The passage under scrutiny is sandwiched by passages about love. The Non-Aggression Principle allows for the most love, while formal government allows for the least.

Romans 13:2a – Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed.

Remember, God gave the governing authorities, us, limited power. The power to punish transgressions. Resisting that is resisting what God has appointed.

Romans 13:2b – Those who resist will incur judgement.

If the authority is legitimate it is punishing a trespass against another person, sin. You will be held to account for your sins one way or another.

Romans 13:3-5 – For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no dear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of the conscience.

Here is what I mentioned earlier, the purpose of government. To punish the wrongdoer. Or to manage transgressions. I think this is where a lot of the confusion comes in as to the power government is allowed. Wrong doing has been misinterpreted to include personal, or as I would say, moral sins. I do not believe this is the case. Wrong doing here references a grievance committed against another person. Moral sins are between you and God. To support this theory let us look at the authority we in the US are subject to, the form we set up with the power given to us. We established earlier that this authority is the constitution. The constitution does not permit the federal government to enforce moral behavior.

Romans 13:6-7 – For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom they are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Money is required for a government to function. Taxes are how governments get money. If we are going to exercise the authority given to us to punish wrong doing through a form of government then taxes come along with that.

I believe this to be a more accurate interpretation as when history is taken into account Romans 13 remains inline with the rest of scripture. From this interpretation we are also given an understanding as to the limits God has placed on governments. This is something Dietrich Bonhoeffer realized when he said, and I am paraphrasing, that the Church’s job is to keep government in check.

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What happened to all the patriots?

Of the many things I have learned from my father one of the most important for discussion is defining your terms. This ensures that everyone is referencing the same thing, and minimizes conflict. Now these are my own definitions of these two words, while they hold true to what good ‘ol Merriam Webster says I have tweaked them slightly to fit my argument.

Patriot – One who loves their country and wants what is best for the country. The most vital part of that country being the citizens who occupy it.

Nationalist – One who loves their country and wants what is best for their government.

Do you see the difference? In this age it appears that we have more nationalists than patriots. Taken at face value this does not have to be a bad thing, assuming the government wants what is best for the country, and not what is best for themselves. That is where the problem lies. If you read my last post you know my opinion on what the interest of the government is, if you didn’t, go read it. Nationalists will follow their leaders blindly sometimes so far that they relinquish their freedoms. This is not good. This only leads to a fascist state and believe me, that is what the globalists are striving for. What we need is an influx of patriots. Those who believe that a country that began with a set of rules as good as the constitution, should stick to those rules. We need people who will challenge the government when they are out of line, when they are not looking out for out best interest. How about that excerpt from the Declaration of Independence again to back my point up.

…Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…

I can see hope on the horizon. We forced Pistole to rethink transportation security measures, some of them at least. The point being, as a country we need to quit being idle nationalists. We need to keep loving our country, and guarantee that is continues to exist as OUR country. That is what a country of patriots can do.

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Let’s Take Back ‘Merica

America, the land of the free and home of the brave. This is what we are taught in our childhoods. We sang it, we took tests on it in school, our pastors incorporated it in their sermons. This knowledge gave us an idealistic view of our country, had us believe that we lived in the greatest country ever established and the state was looking out for our best interest. We learned about our flawless history as a country, and how the founding fathers were the equivalent of Jesus Christ, perfect in every way. We had this version of our past compared to the tyranny of other states. Of how Britain wanted to control every aspect of our lives before we broke away, of how leaders like Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler committed heinous crimes against mankind. This was comforting to me a young lad growing up in this country. It was invigorating to know that I was surrounded by a group of free and brave people, that there was a benevolent, caring governing body looking out for me. I loved being able to see how wonderful Americans were compared to those from other countries. As it turns out this satisfaction I was feeling was based in falsification.

To clarify a few things, I do believe that the idea that was laid down for this country is a beautiful thing. The limits put on the state, the freedoms and power given to the people. It had potential to establish the best form of government that mankind is capable of, and who’s to say it didn’t. What it has been warped into since 1787 does  not reflect the original dream. Also, I do not condone the evil that Stalin, Mussolini or Hitler carried out. But when taught about other countries in school, these are the characters that the focus is put on, therefore our identity of these other countries is based on these tyrants. The state sanctioned education system is very good at subtle manipulation. This is not a anarchist or even anti-America writing. It is merely an analysis of the tyrannical power that our country is becoming and the lies they feed us from a young age in order to brainwash us.

So what about this history we have been fed all our lives? Sure what they (the globalists) tell us is the basic, sugarcoated truth. It does at least let us know what transpired, just maybe not how it did. I am not going to delve to much into this as the sole point of this is not what the truth is, but rather the purpose that this watered down version serves. Now we are told that all these great American heroes were wonderful, God-fearing men. This fits with culture. We tend to identify with religious people in this country because is has been a major part of society. The truth is they were not all this way. For example, Ben Franklin was a disgusting pig who indulged himself with sexual pleasures. In his time spent as an ambassador to France he would leave his wife behind so he could spend time with his French mistress. The fact that everything about how we broke away from Britain was treason and highly illegal I do not remember learning in school. Basically, they do not want us to follow suit and rebel when they get too far out of control. Take into consideration this excerpt from the Declaration of Independence:

…Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…

“It is their right, it is their duty”. Although the Declaration of Independence is not law, do you not think that what held true back then should still hold true now? And yet our government goes to great lengths to ensure that this does not happen again. From the subtle emphasis in schooling to brainwash us into holding nationalist views, to government staged terrorism in order to provide a scapegoat and create a reason to increase their control over us. Government sponsored terror? What in the devil are you saying? That our government would fake terrorist events harming it’s own people? That is exactly what I am saying. States around the world have a history of doing this. Hitler did this, Great Britain with the recent London bombings, our own country with the attack on the USS Liberty, the Oklahoma City bombings, 9/11, the underwear bomber. It is disgusting the measures they will go to in order to accomplish their agenda and stay in power.

The London bus and train bombings. The story was that several men boarded a variety of buses and trains in London with burlap sacks which contained bombs. Eyewitness’s reported that there was metal shooting up from the floor of the train, kind of like the explosion came from there. Bus route 30 was mysteriously rerouted to the corner where the bomb went off. There was also a drill going on at the exact same time involving the exact same scenario. Remember this little fact, you will see it again. And how was one of the ‘terrorists’ ID found unscathed, after surviving an explosion, and two different sites?

The USS Liberty. The most advanced technical research ship in the US Navy. Stationed in international water in the Mediterranean Sea. It was attacked by Israeli planes and torpedo boats until a Russian spy boat ventured into the area, only then did the Israelis retreat. Nearby admirals received the distress signal but were ordered to stand down by President Johnson himself. Fighter jets sent from an aircraft carrier to assist the USS Liberty were ordered to return to the ship. Why would the President of the United States, order the Navy to give no assistance to a US Navy ship that was under attack?

The Oklahoma City bombings. We all remember Timothy McVeigh, the CIA lackey that was commissioned to attack the federal building in Oklahoma City. Reports tell us that a lot of the federal employees did not show up for work that day. Eyewitnesses also tell us that the bomb squad was there twice that day. Obviously they were there when the bombs went off, but why were they there earlier that morning?

9/11. The most devastating attack on American soil. And it was masterminded by our own government. The evidence does not allow for anything but an inside job. Four planes were hijacked and flown into several locations, supposedly. Now don’t we have protocols for hijackings? Something along the lines of if a hijacking is reported, we bring fighter jets alongside it to either divert it somewhere to land or shoot it down to cause the least amount of harm possibly, if necessary. In fact those are the protocols. So with the most advanced Air Force base close to New York, a base that always has planes at the ready in case of emergencies such as this, how did we not follow protocol? Funny story actually. All the planes were busy, all the way across the country engaging in a drill, concerning the hijacking of passenger jets. Coincidence? They fact that for the first time in history, as well as the second that third times, fire was able to bring a steel building down, not just down demolition style, but down. Cell phone calls. Why was United Airlines so excited about its new technology that enabled you to use your cell phone on the plane a year after 9/11 when passengers on United Airlines flight 93 able to make phone calls from the plane? And why were their conversations so awkward? I mean who tells his mom his first and last name over and over again on the phone? The pentagon. Don’t even try to pretend that a passenger jet could have hit it and leave an impact smaller than the plane while denigrating so that no parts could be identified. Building 7. How did the BBC know that the building had collapsed, 20 minutes before it happened?

The underwear bomber. Okay, so you all know what airport security is like. How in the world does a guy with board a plane with no passport. It just doesn’t happen. Unless of course your CIA handler is escorting you onto the plane past all the security.

Don’t just pass this up as a theory, and don’t just take my word for it, look it up, do some research, see what you come up with.

Look what has resulted from these, more specifically the recent events of the London bombings, 9/11 and the underwear bomber. London now has a ‘need’ for more cameras and more people are accepting of them. Now when we fly, our privacy is invaded and we are molested by federal employees, by perverts. This is all thanks to a little bit a smart scapegoating by the globalists. All the time we are becoming more and more like Nazi Germany,  communist Russia and Fascist Italy. And we are sitting idly by, letting it happen. What about the land of the free and the home of the brave? Apparently we are not brave enough to defend our freedom. It seems to me that we have become the land of the passive and home of the apathetic.

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