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May 20, 2009


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David Murdoch

This is interesting. Luther thought that people should obey monarchs even when they were oppressive and evil... which of course in sharp contrast to the philosophy that created the United States, wherein so many of the world's protestants have their home. Bonhoeffer, if he did think that resistance was sometimes justified, would be outside of that interpretation, however.

I think that that deference that people should give to rulers ought to be as Paul says:

Colossians 3:22-24 Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ.

We should have deference to the authorities, but not in order to make the authorities happy but rather to do what pleases God. We shouldn't be obedient to the state and pay our taxes because we want some kind of reward from the state or from society, but rather because we seek a reward from God, which we may not even see in this life.

I think especially of what St Thomas More said shortly before he was executed for not taking the oath of supremacy: "I am the King's most loyal servant, but God's first."

God Bless,

Michael W. Kruse

Thanks David.

"I am the King's most loyal servant, but God's first."

I love it.


I doubt it.
You cannot serve two masters.

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