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Dale Patterson

GOVERNMENT

November 18, 2011

For all the talk about separation of church and state, the Apostle Paul says that the faith of Christ intersects with good government.

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.....For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong.
                                                --Romans 13:1,3 TNIV

Christians, in other words, are to obey the government, to heed its rightful place. It reminds me of stuff like speed limits, civil law--there is no "terror" for me provided I drive under the speed limit, and pay my taxes as prescribed. Paul says, God has established such order for the common well-being.

When government turns tyrannical, that's another matter to be addressed some other occasion. We are urged to be good citizens, and exercise our leadership and involvement, why? Because we are Christ followers.

Joyfullly,

Dale Patterson