Pat Boone, terrible singer turned terrible writer for the Worldnetdaily, is pulling a trick that right-wing Christians often do, citing the Bible about God putting all political leaders in power and warning that he will punish those who resist them — but only if Boone likes them, it seems.
“Warning: Divine Judgment Awaits Trump Haters” screams the headline. And he predictably cites Romans 13:
Did you even know this is in the Bible, in the 13th chapter of Romans?
“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
“Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God … and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.”
Please, friend, think carefully about this. These aren’t my words, or even words written by ordinary human beings driven by political or even theological notions of a bygone day. The great majority of Americans, and indeed multiplied millions around the world revere the Bible as the very Word of God. Not just words written by men who believe in God – but as the Apostle Paul wrote young Timothy, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness … that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
This is standard Christian right hypocrisy. When someone they don’t like is in office, they rage against them, spew hatred toward them and resist everything they do. When someone they do like is in office, they suddenly cite Romans 13 about the need to obey and respect civil authorities because God put them in their positions of power. But Romans 13 is entirely generic. It doesn’t say qualify it by saying you only have to support the ones you agree with, it says that ALL governments and ALL political leaders are put in place by God and therefore resisting any civil authority is resisting God.