Thursday, October 21, 2010

This brings up an interesting question...


Romans 13:1-3 says, “Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there. All governments have been placed in power by God.
So what of the governments that tell their subjects to, say, forcibly herd people of a certain religion on trains, haul them to armed camps and kill them by the millions? Or, as Bill Whittle described those in charge in the Soviet Union:
The New Soviet man was to be different: communal humanity Mark II with all the latest improvements. 50 million died, shot in the back of the head in basements and forests, or starved in frozen camps and coal mines, followed by collapse, ecological ruin and endless misery. 
Are those really actions of God-appointed governments? As far as I remember the Soviets were a bunch of atheists. Even if they weren't, though, what happened to "thou shalt not kill"? I'd love to get a theologian's perspective on this,