By Lynda Lamp
On August 9th an evangelistic pastor in Texas made a statement that pushed a lot of people’s buttons, all while the world is watching our Nuclear button! Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress showed his ignorance about the Bible today (or his purposeful manipulation to serve himself and his POTUS idol) when he made this statement about Romans 13:
“That gives the government to the authority to do whatever, whether it’s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong Un.”
“When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary – including war – to stop evil. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”
Here’s the thing. This quote of Jeffress from Romans 13 has taken out of context. It’s as if you only read the first page of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. You don’t have the whole story.
The New King James Version of the Bible organizes Romans in this way:
- Romans 13:1-7 = Submit to Government
- Romans 13:8-10 = Love Your Neighbor
- Romans 13:11-14 = Put on Christ
Do you see where this is going? Even in this short sysnopsis, you know you’ve not been given the whole story!. How do we kill Kim Jon Un? Isn’t he our neighbor of sorts? They are neighbors to friends of ours (South Korea).
We’ll skip the “Submit to Government” section at the moment and move along to the next few verses in Romans 13:
Love Your Neighbor
8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,”[a] “You shall not covet,”[b] and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”[c] 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
How is “Pastor” Jeffress fulfilling the law? Seems to me he should be locked up pronto! This not a man of God, this is a man who has learned how to make a living by lathering people up into a hateful mindset. He makes his living spreading hate and division, not love.
Romans 13 finishes with:
Put on Christ
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
Now, let’s go back and take a look at what the first part of Romans 13 says, knowing where it ends up, and see if you don’t understand these words to mean something completely outside of what this megachurch pastor claims.
Submit to Government
13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore youmust be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
“Pastor” Jeffress really should do a better job of learning what the Bible teaches and remember that everything in the New Testament is outside of Jesus’ purview anyway. The chapters therein are stories about Jesus written by others, not Jesus or God. The inherent irony of quoting Paul, who used to be Saul, as your reference for killing a foreign leader in modern times is laughable and deplorable.
In case you are not familiar with the story of the Apostle Paul, you’ll need to understand it to understand the irony. The Apostle Paul was born Saul and was at one time what everyone would agree, an evil man. He started out in life persecuting Jews and was known as a terrible, mean and vicious man. He hated Jews and Jesus. He was known for rounding Jews up and incarcerating them. It was not until some time after Jesus’ death that Saul had his awakening experience.
Jesus came to Saul and asked him “Why do you persecute me?” For three days Saul went without his sight. When his sight was restored, he was immediately baptized and became the Apostle Paul.
It’s a long story, and I’ve shortened it significantly. The story of the Apostle of Paul is a story of redemption. It is also a story of karma. Because Saul was blind to the truth, he spent several days blind. When he regained his eyesight, not only could he see with his eyes, he could also see with his heart.
When will our leaders be able to see with their hearts?
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