Allen Johnson (Mid-Columbia Voices, Sept. 6) quotes “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” (Romans 13:1-2) to make a point which was “Both august authorities of the state … and the authority of the church … are in agreement. They have commanded their citizens to obey the law.”
I would agree with Mr. Johnson if all laws were “what God has appointed.” However, all laws developed cannot be presumed to be of God. Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Mussolini and many other authorities instituted laws that needed to be resisted. Just because a law is legislated by civil authority does not make it just or morally acceptable.
The Defense of Marriage Act was acceptable to the majority of citizens until President Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice refused to defend the act. How tolerant was that action? It would indeed be good if we had laws that God accepted or were in conformance with natural law to tolerate.
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