Romans 13: The True Meaning of Submission
By: Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.
Something that is very important, I believe, to every Christian who has taken a look at the government especially now that we're having our debt downgraded and the whole country seems to be like a ship falling over on its side from bad captaining. Your looking at it and saying wait a minute, these guys are a bunch of corrupt, well, creeps and they're running us into the ground - or under the waves here - and yet as a Christian, Romans 13 tells me that I've got to submit to those government authorities.
Pastor Chuck Baldwin his written a book to help dispel some of the bad teaching on Romans 13 that has surfaced over the past decade or so that has lead Christians to believe they must submit to evil or tyranny. Pastor Baldwin is a former Presidential candidate, radio host and minister. He's got a fabulous newsletter and so much information that he has given to us over the years. Now he, as a minister and someone who has been active in politics, tackling that Romans 13 issue with a new book, entitled Romans 13: The True Meaning of Submission.
Pastor Baldwin explores the historical and Biblical accounts of Christianity in relation to the Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans and how our modern-day interpretation of that chapter was not shared by Christians in the past, especially the pastors who are extant during the founding of our country. He says the problem with Romans 13 is it has been taken by Christians, pastors, theologians, and seminary professors and egregiously misinterpreted all over America for the past half decade. He points out this misinterpretation is completely inconsistent with 2,000 years of Christian tradition.
Pastor Baldwin discusses in his book whether we have an obligation to submit to and be governed by corrupt, evil government authorities. His answer to that is essentially, "No." The Apostle Paul, who wrote Romans spent as much time in government jails as he spent outside of government jails. That's what makes this so interesting to me, it's what's so compelling about Baldwin's message, that there are times - and the very person in scripture who tells us to be subject to the governing authorities is the same person who then turns around and tells government that he answers to God. Paul's entire ministry is one of disobeying governing authorities and it is very difficult to reconcile that as you read the Bible.
Baldwin says it is difficult to reconcile the misinterpretation of the chapter, but once you get past the very flippant, casual reading of those first seven verses and you start delving into Old Testament scripture, the rest of the New Testament and start comparing scripture to scripture, as the Bible commands us to do, you recognize that what's going on today is what went on in NAZI, Germany. The misinterpretation of Romans 13 is the tool Hitler used to take over the hearts and minds of the preachers and the public. The same is being used against us, today and it's been abused, absolutely, ever since.
If I could give you one intellectual tool to deal with a person who's asking; why are you out here with a protest sign, doing petitions against the government, why are you resisting civil authority - you can point out that the Apostle Paul, himself, who wrote those words did not do that. I think that right there will cause them to pause and scratch their heads a little bit then you can refer them to Pastor Baldwin's book.
This editorial was transcribed and adapted for print from a recent Katherine Albrecht radio program, by David Deschesne, with her permission. Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D. is a syndicated radio talk show host on the Genesis Communication Network. Listen to her program live daily, or download her podcast for listening at any time at www.gcnlive.com Katherine’s website is: www.katherinealbrecht.com