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Reflections on Romans 13:3-4a (Thu)

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Today’s passage:

13:3 (for rulers cause no fear for good conduct but for bad). Do you desire not to fear authority? Do good and you will receive its commendation, 13:4 for it is God’s servant for your good.

I remember the days before I started driving the speed limit. Everytime I’d see a police car, my heart would start racing and my foot instinctively would reach for the pedal. I was driving in fear.

But years ago I stopped purposefully speeding and what I’ve found is that over time I no longer experience any fear at seeing police cars, my heartrate doesn’t change and my foot doesn’t flinch anymore. And I’ve even gotten some good driving commendations!

I think that’s the basic idea of today’s passage. Sure we could find exceptions when an ungodly government has punished people for good conduct, but I think it’s speaking more proverbially here about a general truth. Life is generally smoother when we obey the laws of the land.

1 Comment

  1. Martha Troxel

    July 9, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    These passages (today’s and yesterday’s)are good reminders that government has good functions even when some in it are not that great.

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