He's Not My
Romans Chapter 13
Smith - 03/18/09 www.InformingChristians.com
is widely accepted that Romans chapter 13 is saying every
person who has ever been in, what we call, "power," was put there by
God, even the wicked. Until recently, I too held this belief. I
figured that there was just something that I was not fully
Well, there sure was something that I was
not fully understanding, like the entire meaning of the text. Fact
is, God does not put the wicked into office.
(2 Samuel) He
that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
Scripture also says, (Hosea)
have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew
These excerpts from scripture show that a
person who rules over men must be just and ruling in the fear of
God, and that some kings are not put there by
Scripture will never contradict scripture. So with this
in mind let's read through the first four verses in Romans chapter
13. Let's also keep something else in mind. Let's remember that
sometimes scripture speaks in a matter-a-fact manner. In other
words, sometimes the Lord's word is simply telling it, like it
1Let every soul be subject unto the higher
powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are
ordained of God.
Yes, we are to be subject unto the
higher powers. But just who are those "higher
powers?" Verse one says that there is no power but of God, the
powers-that-be are ordained of God. Do you see it?
power-that-be is of God and ordained of God. What does this say
about all others who technically hold office? It says that they are
not true powers because true powers are of and ordained by
2Whosoever therefore resisteth the power,
resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive
to themselves damnation.
Those who resist the true
powers-that-be are not of God. They resist the ordinance of God, and
as a result, resist the true powers-that-be. They receive to
themselves damnation because they are not of God. Hence, these are
the people who seek to put into leadership, a man of the world.
Remember, the world receives and loves its
3For rulers are not a terror to good works,
but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that
which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
True powers-that-be, true rulers, are not a terror to good
works. Instead true rulers who are of God are terrors to the evil in
this world. True rulers will seek to put an end to evil works, not
to good works.
4For he is the minister of God to thee for
good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth
not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to
execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
men, then there are REAL men. There are rulers, then there are REAL
rulers! And a REAL ruler is a minister of God to those under him
A real ruler will seek to teach people to do
good, not evil. And while we are under such a true ruler, we should
be afraid to do evil. This is because a leader has the ability to
punish. (Note: This is not saying that a leader can take his own
vengeance on criminals and kill them. Scripture says that vengeance
belongs to the Lord.)
However, a wicked leader
punishes good and rewards evil. A wicked leader actually teaches,
ministers wickedness instead of godliness.
reside in the White House. His place of employment may be the Oval
Office. But, he is not my president.
Clinton got into office, I recall saying, "It is as if we don't have
a president." Little did I know just how true that statement was.
So, now I say about Obama having gotten into office, "We don't have
Debra J.M. Smith
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