The requests continued for a few minutes before the prayer. After the prayer there was a moment of silence that Pastor Smith broke by saying, “Well, that was powerful. I think Jeff’s testimony gives us a good way to begin our discussion. And, as per Sam’s request, we will be talking about Christianity and government. Let’s open up to Romans chapter thirteen. Cain, could you read the first two versus?”
“Uh, sure.” Cain flipped to the proper page. “Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.”
“Alright,” Pastor Smith said, “next subject?”
“Well,” Cain said, “I don’t think this is the be all and end all of the subject. The state seems to me to be nothing more than a criminal gang writ large. Also, didn’t Paul break out of jail at one point? Was obeying the government? Jesus died at the hands of the state! Was that just? And, Paul claimed that slaves should obey their masters. Is this a strategic move for Christianity or an endorsement of slavery? He also said that women were not to speak in church, or when they did, it should only be to instruct other women or children. Yet God inspired women to prophesy in the streets in the bible! Saint Augustine believed that the state was a punishment for sin, which is not hard to believe considering the events that befell Israel after they asked for and received a King. I think you need to take that passage in context.”
“Well, well. I see you’ve done your research,” Pastor Smith, stammering for words.
“Let me be clear, when I argue with my Dad I am NOT arguing against law. I am arguing against the monopoly of law in the hands of an institution that initiates the use of violence against everyone else in order perpetuate its existence. I believe that people are self-owners and as such should not serve the state. Can a man have two masters?”