I stand with the Apostle Paul, not Cliven Bundy

24 Apr

I don’t stand with Cliven Bundy, who refused to pay his taxes after two court case defeats, who has joined with others in taking up arms against the governing authorities, and who in word and deed has disrespected and dishonored civil government.  That is, I don’t stand with Cliven Bundy because I’m a Christian and the Apostle Paul tells me not to:

Romans 13:1-7.

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 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. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

If his actions and statements can be squared with this passage, I’d sure like to know how. Submit, be subject to, pay taxes, respect, honor, Clive Bundy? Yes, there are biblical limits to government obedience (Acts 5:27-29, when obedience to civil government involves disobedience to Christ). But has that happened here? Bundy may find those who agree with him, but I doubt you could count the Apostle Paul among them.

Oh, and then there’s this: http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2014/04/24/cliven-bundy-just-ruined-his-cause/

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