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Submitting to Authority

November 22, 2009

More ink is being spilled–mostly metaphorically–over the reference to Psalm 109:8.  As I wrote in my last post, the left is horrified and points to the rest of the Psalm as evidence of evil intent.  But I’ve heard even honest Christians decry the use of the scriptural reference–most prominently David R. Stokes on Townhall who calls it “a joke too far.”

The battle for the soul of America is deadly serious business and I for one don’t mind a little levity in it.  What concerns me more is the justification Stokes and others use for not referring to the psalm:

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Tim 2:1-2)

Using that reference as justification shows precious little understanding of our Constitutional republic.  1  Tim 2:1-3 was used for centuries in Christian countries as justification for the people to support the king.  For his part, the king was answerable to God for his treatment of his subjects.  This theory was “the divine right of kings.”

That verse is wholly inappropriate in this country.  In 1776 we declared that the king had broken his pact with God by over-taxing his American subjects and that therefore we had the right to rebel and to declare our independence.

When Paul says in Timothy that we are to submit to authority, that authority in this country is the will of the people as embodied in the Constitution.  We the People are sovereign.  Not a king, not a Congress, not a President.

We respect the office of the president but the incumbent must personally earn our respect by the way in which he discharges his duties.  The president and all our government officers are sworn to uphold and protect the Constitution.  How well they do that is the standard by which we judge them.  We have no duty to support or obey a tyrant.

Based on Obama’s performance so far, my judgment is this: Let his days in office be short, and let another more worthy succeed him.

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