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Bob McDonnell, Virginia’s newly elected governor and graduate of televangelist Pat Robertson’s RegentUniversity, said at a prayer breakfast before his inauguration that he looks at his political career and being governor as a ministry. He also said, “For a ruler to be just and to be fair and to have the wisdom needed in order to do right for the people, one must constantly refer to the word of God.”
It seems one of this “ruler’s” favorite “word of God”/Bible passages is Romans 13:1-7 which reads, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.” (Common sense tells us that someone who rules by fear deserves no honor.)
What more could a government and politician/ruler hope for than to enjoy the Almighty’s cart blanche endorsement! In his prayer breakfast speech, McDonnell said this verse is “very important.”
A problem Christians in America have with this Bible teaching, which they don’t appear to be aware of, is that America was founded on violent resistance to the established government. Any kind of resistance to government, especially violent resistance, is prohibited by this Bible teaching. If America’s founders, and if Americans today, took this Biblical nonsense seriously, not only would they and we not resist the government and powers that be, they and we would live in fear and subjugation to the politicians/rulers, the government and powers that be.
This anti-progress, anti-freedom Bible teaching openly and falsely says the powers that be are ordained by God to rule over us. That anyone who resists what the government wants to do is resisting God because of God ordaining the politicians/rulers/government. That we are to live in fear of the armed government authorities for they “beareth not the sword in vain.” Due to this fear we are to subject ourselves and our families to blindly obeying the government. We are to sheepishly “pay ye tribute” to the political whores without question or complaint, we are to “render therefore to all their dues,” for they are ministers of God!
Compare this Biblical superstitious ignorant nonsense with the Deistic document, the Declaration of Independence . The Declaration completely ignores the Bible god and turns to a Deistic idea of God. It says, “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them,” thus portraying people as having separate and equal places in the world, not people who are to subject themselves to complete obedience to a government or to a ruler.
The Declaration goes directly and strongly against the teachings of Romans 13:1-7 and rejects completely any idea that governments and rulers are sanctioned by God. And instead of teaching fearful subjugation to the government and its rulers like Bob McDonnell, the Declaration of Independence teaches that whenever a government fails to promote the “life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” of the people, “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it”. It goes on to say, “it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” This is the direct opposite of the Bible quote Bob McDonnell said is “very important.”
Romans 13:1-7 is “very important” not just to McDonnell, but to the entire government. FEMA uses this “very important” Bible teaching to instruct Christian clergy on how to control people for the government’s purposes during a national emergency, such as a WMD attack by insurgents.
The government operates on fear. “Revealed” religions operate on fear. They were made for each other.
Perhaps “ruler” Bob McDonnell would do better to trade in his Biblical beliefs for the ideals and beliefs of a fellow Virginian, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson wrote “the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.”