(3 verses, :41 to read)
MARK & LEARN
- …1: Paul says, ” 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed…” (Romans 13). The government has the authority to collect taxes and is called to use that money for the good of all people. Good and fair collection of taxes is one of the marks of a good government. If there is no collection, this is a mark of disorder and chaos. Conversely, a government is not called to tax for its own benefit.
- …2: The records mentioned here have not yet been found
- …3: The phrase “sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people” is a fantastic description of a Godly government official. Notice also how peace and the good of the Church of Christ go hand in hand. 1 Tim. 2 makes the same point, “pray for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” Note that seeking peace will mean protecting their people, too. In other words, this does not exclude just war.
- Here’s Luther in the Large Catechism, “Give us this day our daily bread,”: “And there is, indeed, the greatest need to pray for temporal authority and government, as that by which most of all God preserves to us our daily bread and all the comforts of this life. For though we have received of God all good things in abundance, we are not able to retain any of them or use them in security and happiness, if He did not give us a permanent and peaceful government. For where there are dissension, strife, and war, there the daily bread is already taken away, or at least checked.”
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC