Religion & Politics – Romans 13:1-10 – Sept 10, 2017

Roman 13: 1-10

 

Romans 13:1-10  (No Recording )

Submission to Governing Authorities

13 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. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 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. 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. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 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.

Love Fulfills the Law

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

About Rev Tim Heinecke

Both Pastor Tim and Lisa are native Minnesotans. They both grew up in
Southern Minnesota, and met while attending Southwest Minnesota State
University in Marshall, MN. They were married before moving to St. Louis,
MO, where Pastor attended Concordia Seminary. Before moving to Hugo, they lived and served in Park Rapids, MN.

The Heinecke’s have two children; Lila and Dane. Pastor enjoys working on the house and car fixing things. Lisa enjoys baking, cooking and working as a Jamberry consultant as serving as the Administrative Assistant at New Life. Together with their children they enjoy family time, biking, and camping.

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