May I Quote You?


About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

2 Responses to May I Quote You?

  1. Joanna says:

    I have been saying this, albeit not quite so eloquently, for years and more so here recently; churched folks then like to refer me to Romans 13 to which I respond by pointing out verse 4, “For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer”. My contention is that when the authorities willfully and purposefully fail to do good by the law abiding, do not bring punishment on the wrong doer, and/or themselves become wrong doers, they have negated their authority; and as Hack Scribbler taught (paraphrasing), they may still have the power, but that does not mean they are in authority. No?

  2. Chip says:

    Joanna — You are absolutely correct to read the entire passage of Romans 13 and establishing a solid context. “They are God’s servants for GOOD…” but governments and rulers do NOT have the authority to decide what is and is not good. That is for God alone. Once they begin doing evil and calling it good they have stepped outside their God-given authority and are no longer legitimate. The first time I came to this realization I thought I was really on to something. Then I realized theologians throughout the ages have been saying this very thing — men like Jonathan Mayhew and even Augustine before him. Power and authority are two completely different things. If all you do is wield power then you are no better than pirates and highwaymen.

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