Political Theology – The Civil Government (VanDrunen)

I'm in the middle of reading this 2020 publication: Politics after Christendom: Political Theology in A Fractured World by David VanDrunen. I'm enjoying it so far! I especially appreciate the first chapter. In this chapter, VanDrunen gives a biblical foundation for political theology. That is, VanDrunen summarizes the Bible's view of the state (civil government).… Continue reading Political Theology – The Civil Government (VanDrunen)

Romans 12-13 and Christian Living

I really appreciate G. P. Waters’ summary of Romans 12:1-13:14 in A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament. After he goes through the earlier themes of Romans, he comes to Romans 12 and well explains its place in the epistle. Here’s a portion of what Waters wrote - I think it’ll be helpful for others… Continue reading Romans 12-13 and Christian Living

Subjection to the Governing Authorities

 Romans 13 was one of those parts of Scripture that were formative for me in my later teenage years.  I had to think about it quite a bit since I served in the U.S. Army (Reserves).  And it's still a text that I think about quite a bit since submitting to the civil government is… Continue reading Subjection to the Governing Authorities

The Government and the Christian (Luther)

 The Christian faith is not opposed to civil authority.  For example, Scripture calls followers of Jesus to respect authority, pray for leaders in positions of authority, and live peaceful lives for the benefit of society.  In fact, it is a proper interpretation of the fifth commandment to include obedience to those in authority over us.… Continue reading The Government and the Christian (Luther)

On Honoring Caesar (Tertullian)

 Tertullian's (145-220 AD) Apology is an outstanding early defense of Christianity.  I've written on Tertullian before, but here and now I want to highlight a section (chap. 31-34) where Tertullian said that Christians neither hated Caesar nor dishonored him.  Rather, they prayed for him and gave him high honor, as the Scriptures commanded. "[Do you think that we… Continue reading On Honoring Caesar (Tertullian)