Hitler, Obama And Romans 13: 1-4
Is Romans 13:1-4 “religion”, or hard core politics about freedom and government tyranny?
Hitler and his German collaborating pre-Nazi clergy used their perversion of Romans 13 to justify Christian non involvement in government and their non-resisting subordination to tyranny…in the name of God.
Obama is attempting through the misnamed Fairness Doctrine and hate crimes to extinguish or outlaw Christians who contend that involvement in government is their incontestable sacred duty.
The Dedicated Minority
Obama knows well that it is the dedicated minority which determines the rise of nations to freedom, or their descent into slavery. He knows that in America, just as in pre-Nazi Germany, the Christian clergy can be used to confuse, neutralize and paralyze Christians whose Romans 13 mandates from Christ Himself demand their involvement in government freedom affairs. These are Christians who understand that the so-called “separation of church and state” is a farce fabricated to preempt Christian duty to our government and to resist those who would confront forces destructive to it.
Today there is a remnant of such Christians in America who feel the noose of tyranny tightening, and they foresee the dire consequences to their children and loved ones that will crush their liberties, just as happened in Hitler’s Germany. America’s clergy, excepting a remnant, are aiding Obama by default by their parroting the “separation of church and state” myth, and the freedom-killing misinterpretation of Romans 13.
Romans 13: Curse or Blessing?
So, what IS Romans:13 which opened the Hitler’s door to genocide of millions of both Jews and Christians, and paved the way for absolute evil to subjugate an entire nation of men, women and children?
Romans 13:1 reads: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God.”
The pre-Nazi clergy and Hitler contended that Romans 13:1 meant that government affairs are in the hands of God, and that while it was a Christian’s duty to live a Godly personal life, but it was sin against God’s will for Christians to be involved in the political affairs of government. Christians who believed God mandated their total involvement in government soon found themselves and their families suffering horrible consequences or even transported to Hitler’s death camps.
Further justification by Hitler and his clergy was based upon Romans 13:2, which reads: “Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”
The literal out-of-context interpretation of 13:2 would seem to justify horrible repressive measures against any remnant of freedom-based resistance which resisted the Nazi government’s imposition of tyranny upon the citizens.
Where Hitler’s clergy right? Are America’s clergy today, right in their out-of-context interpretation of Romans 13:1,2?
PLEASE NOTE that IN context Romans 13:3 defines God’s purpose for government:
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
Christ further defines the role of government as the defender of freedom (not its suppressor):
For he [government-ed] is the minister of God to thee for good [righteousness – ed]. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is a minister of God , a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil ( Rom. 13:4).
Author of Liberty
God is the author of freedom. He is the arch foe of tyranny and slavery. In Romans 13:3 and 4 He specifies that the purpose of government is to promote and defend liberty. That is, government must be founded and structured upon His laws and ordinances of righteousness and freedom. Those who would attempt to extinguish those blessings will be subject to His wrath.
Recall the rubble to which Germany was reduced in a matter of a few years.
Our Christian Republic
America’s Bible-based Constitutional Republic recognizes the sinful fallen nature of man as set forth in the Bible, and thus was established upon a system of checks and balances known as Legislative, Judicial and Executive. The citizen’s rights are spelled out in the Bill of Rights.
Obama’s greatest threat to America
America’s government perpetuates the righteousness of God through its biblical essence: “of the people, by the people, for the people”. That is, our government is structured to be the servant of her citizens. It is the sacred duty of her citizens under Romans 13:3,4 to be totally involved in all matters of freedom, both personal and national. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3) That is Obama’s greatest threat to America.
Survival – and America’s complicit, defiant clergy
America is engaged in a war for her survival as a free nation. Her Christian clergy who stand neutral and intimidated on the great issues of our times such as homosexuality, right-to-life, the national economy, Christian education, or disarming our missile defenses, are on a parallel track with the capitulating clergy of Nazi Germany. They are in blatant defiance of the ordinances of God and paradoxically they justify their silence on the fabricated myth of separation of church and state, and Romans 13:1,2. By default, they are leading our nation to its probable destruction.
Only one way
God has made clear the consequences to America of these abandonment clergy:
All nations that forget God shall be turned into hell (Psalm 9:17).
Is Romans 13 theology, or politics?
To readers who think the above has been simply a discourse in theology: may I remind you that life itself is a continual struggle between the spiritual, ideological, and political realms. They are all inseparably interrelated.
America’s political freedom, for example, is a spiritual concept unknown throughout man’s bloody history. Ideology also has its roots in theology. Materialism/secular humanism such as Marxism, is at war with Christianity, thus the essence of today’s battles are spiritual.
Romans 13, above, is a dissertation about hard core politics. The stakes of the war, if the victor be Marxism – are death, destruction, misery, enslavement for Americans.
If the victor be Christianity, the out flowing will be personal freedom, subordination of government to again become the servant of America’s citizens as ordained by God, not their master; and blessings beyond measure from the Author of liberty, Jesus Christ.
The signs of our times: the imperative for Christian action
So successful has been America’s Romans 13/anti “church & state” abandonment clergy, who have abdicated God’s mandate to be “watchmen on the wall” (Ezekiel 33:6), that the Obama democrat administration has dazzled millions of Christians with the obvious tyrannical suppression of their God-given freedoms.
Rather than taking biblical corrective action, these would-be remnant Christians are retreating into “end-times, last-days” interpretations of “prophesy” according to Revelation. Many, being leaderless from their clergy, not knowing what to do, devote their time to praying for the “rapture”, that they may participate in the great escape before they have to suffer the “tribulation”.
America’s call to action
America’s call to action is obvious. Our prayers must become for Christ to forgive us; for Him to reveal His will to us and empower us with His Holy Spirit to become obedient to His will; and to carry out our Christian duty to our full measure, while still we have the freedom to do so, in His name.
John W. Chalfant