Wednesday, June 07, 2006

God's Servant - Not! (4)

For he is God's servant to do you good (Rom 13:4).

Many Christians assume that this applies to all rulers. This is nonsense. Rulers like Hitler and Stalin opposed God and slaughtered millions of innocent people. To describe them as servants of God is absurd. This suggests there is something seriously twisted with the traditional understanding of this passage. The word "he" does not apply to every ruler.

In Luke 22:25, Jesus contrasted the rulers of the gentiles who dominate and control (lord it over) their people while calling themselve benevolent dicators, with the leaders of the kingom, who serve. We must have these two concepts mixed up if we think that dictators and politicians can be called God's servants.

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