Romans 13 and the State
N.T. WrightÂ recently had a Q and A session on hisÂ Facebook page, and he responded to this question:
What would Paul say to a Christian serving in the military?
Wright’s response can best be summarized by these two statements:
This is again straight Romans 13: God wants there to be human authorities, but they are answerable to him.
It is therefore appropriate in principle for a Christian to serve in such a force [the state], basically an extension of police work.
(You can read the full responseÂ here.)
In reaction to this, Kurt Willems wrote aÂ response showing where he disagrees. Kurt, in classical Anabaptist fashion, believes that Christians should be nonviolent, but that the state still serves a purpose. There is a separation of church and state, and the state is a necessary evil.Â (more…)
January 24, 2014 Anabaptism, neo-Anabaptism, Nonviolence, The Bible, Theology Read more >