It's been a great meeting at the theonomist Mount Sinai Reformed Church. The Pastor/Rabbai has just ratified a decision by the local Sanhedrin to stone Brother John Ben-Jesse's wife for adultery. After praying an imprecatory Psalm over abortion clinics, Rabbi Smith delivers a reading from Romans 13 in the NRSV (New Reconstructionist Standard Version) . It reads:
1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. Of course I'm only speaking of those governments that protect the unborn, outlaw same-sex unions, keep Sunday special and who are nice to Christians. 2Therefore whoever resists these good authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. Nevertheless, you should try to oust the bad authorities and get a born-again believer on the throne. It's clear that Cesar is a sexually immoral adulterer who tells lie after lie. He's insane. God's law condemns him. Therefore he is not fit to run an empire in the way that God desires.
3For good rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in a godly authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the just servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. Nevertheless, by all possible peaceful means, prayerfully oppose this Roman dictatorship. It doesn't qualify as a 'godly authority'. Get your foot in the public square. Emperors should be appointed from within the church. Before I have said and once I say again, one day we will have a Christian ruling the empire. Then we can end injustice, protect the unborn, outlaw sexual deviancy, and forbid idolatry. Then what the prophets say will come true:
Where O society is your liberal fascism?
Where O earth is your egalitarianism?
6Make sure the taxes you pay are not going to be used by the government to fund ungodly causes, for the authorities are ministers of God, men whom he uses to bring his kingdom. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. I'm not at all supposing that you pay homage to that lying deviant ruling the empire though. To do so would be to dishonour the Christ he persecutes and the Christians he murders.
Hmm, that was good. Now, it's time to bring up the question as to why the church curtains are made of mixed fabric...