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Jeff Sessions and Romans 13

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I have no tolerance for Bible idolatry, and a similar tolerance of the current US administration, so when Jeff Sessions quotes the Bible to justify the inhumanity of separating children from their parents at American borders, I can’t stay silent.

Firstly, how can an administration of a country that supposedly is neutral on the matter of religion, quote any “holy” text to justify its actions? Why the Bible and not the Quran,  Shreemad Bhagavad Gita, Tripitakas, Kojiki, Agamas, or Kitáb-i-Aqdas? Come to think of it, what defines a “holy” text? What’s wrong with using reason, compassion and common sense? These are “God given gifts” that we should be using at every opportunity.

Secondly, Sessions is selectively using a Biblical passage out of context. There’s a very good explanation of what Romans 13 is all about from a peace maker’s point of view over on Thinking Pacifism. I’m not a fan of Paul’s writing, as he was a man of his time, and in today’s context, much of it is out of place or simply wrong. A USA Today article gives further insight into the passage and shows how it has been used and abused in American history.

Whatever evangelical and fundamentalist American “Christians” believe the message of Jesus of Nazareth is, it most certainly is not supporting or obeying unjust laws.

Author: Barry

A post war baby boomer from Aotearoa New Zealand who has lived with migraines for as long as I can remember and was diagnosed as being autistic aged sixty. I blog because in real life I'm somewhat backwards about coming forward with my opinions.

3 thoughts on “Jeff Sessions and Romans 13

  1. Agree 150%. Even Rev. Franklin Graham, an ardent Trump supporter, condemns what’s being perpetrated on the border.

  2. … how can an administration of a country that supposedly is neutral on the matter of religion, quote any “holy” text to justify its actions?

    Because the Trump administration is not neutral on religion.

  3. Totally agree with you, Barry.

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