FOTS (Supplemental#1) THE WORLD’S AUTHORITIES ORDAINED BY GOD

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I was up till 3am this morning to watch the  Trump/Clinton debate. I am a Londoner and an ardent Royalist but this was great television. It set me thinking and I’m feeling mischievous this morning hence the pictures. I remain convinced that my book that these blogs are supplementing resolve all the major biblical “tensions”. Yet the one I found the most difficult concerned the world’s governance and those currently involved with it in the light of  Romans chapter 13. For according to the apostle Paul:
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God and those which do exist are established by God . Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.  For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;  *for it is a minister of God* to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.  Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.  For because of this *you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing*.  Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor  [Rom13:1-7NASB]
{continued in my next post}