Reflection — April 13th
Paul was clear that government with authority was not only necessary but God-given. That was why John Knox agonised over his relationship to Mary Queen of Scots and sought counsel from Calvin, aware no doubt that Revelation 13:1-10 gives a very different perspective. Revolt against authority often begins with high ideals, and when the new power takes hold, it turns out to be oppressive also.
When in doubt, it usually helps to visit the example of Jesus, taking a coin and showing that even when Caesar stamped his power on the coinage there were two sides. Jesus himself respected authority to
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