Sermons Seldom Heard #1: The Gay Mayor and Romans 13:1-7

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.” Romans 13:1

Portland, Oregon has an openly gay mayor. He didn’t change his stripes when he was running for office and has maintained his homosexual lifestyle during his current term. He has been subject of  a re-call (he was accused of having sex with an underage male in one of the rest rooms in city hall), but the petition to oust him never accumulated the required amount of signatures.

Some people have asked me and I have asked people

about this mayor and how does his election apply with Paul’s writings of Romans 13:1-7. Well first off, I’m not a theologian. But I do not avoid the conversation because the subject is in it self very intriguing. I do reply that not all leaders are and were perfect. (We are all sinners)  A mans sexual preference to me falls short of what a ‘government authority’ named Hitler did in his lifetime. The part of the scripture that drives people nuts is when Paul writes in verse two of Romans 13;  “Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.”  The question then becomes is ‘what has this “gay” mayor ordered you to do that you should resist him’? Or any other government official for that matter.

When you go to verse 6, it is then (for me anyway) I see how this scripture works. ” For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.” The Greek word leitourgos means public servants. Finnis Dake wrote that “they are appointed by God and yet they may be ‘ungodly men’ but are faithful in carrying out their civil duty.” The big reminder here is that Satan is the Prince of this world and spiritual warfare is and will continue until the return of Jesus Christ to this earth. When that time comes, the Lord (as I understand it) will usher in a new government and no ‘ungodly men’ shall be a part of it.

(2 Peter 3:7)

An example may be that governments of this world may be seen as the student body in any high school. They do ‘student body’ things, but ultimately the administration (principal, staff) of the school has the power, not the class president. So it is with God; functions of this world carry on, but God has His eye on every move.

I do hope Pastors and Bible teachers would spend some time teaching on subjects like these instead of playing it safe with the same subjects Sunday after Sunday. There are not dummies sitting in the pews. There are people who really want to know about God’s word; even if it is uncomfortable to hear.

I do invite comments in that I do want to know more about this subject(and many others).


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