An interpretation of Romans 13


I’ve taken this portion off a series of comments that was made on this post . would like to know what others think.

An accurate interpretation of this verse plays an important role in helping me decide how I live in this country (on in countries with a similar situation as Malaysia), where the government clearly seems to be partial, and unfair in some of its administration, and how I respond to it.

I’d be interested to hear how this verse has influenced christians from other countries too…

  1. Guna said,

    December 19, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

    How do you understand Rom 13 in light of all you have said?

  2. John Ling said,

    December 19, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

    I understand that many Christians use this as an excuse not to oppose tyranny, corruption, and racism. But some common sense is in order.

    Verse 1: “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.”

    There is indeed NO authority EXCEPT that which God has established. Just because BN is physically in power does not mean it has the God-given authority. And any authority not established by God should not be blindly followed. Otherwise, why would you want the Malaysian opposition to topple BN and win the next general elections?

    In verse 3: “For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong.”

    When rulers hold terror against those who do right, then they are not of God.

    In verse 6: “This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.”

    Many BN politicians don’t give their full time to governing. They are misappropriating public funds for their own personal business ventures. Servants of God do not do this.


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