The Apostle and the AG -- Sightings (Margaret M. Mitchell)
Recently the Attorney General tried to defend the Government's policy of separating parents from children at the border, a policy apparently suspended by executive order by the President, who had originally stated that as much as he would like to, he couldn't do anything about it, since the Democrats had created a bad law. Ultimately, he gave in, gave guidance, and families won't be separated (at least for now). What has gotten a lot of attention in the midst of this tragedy is Jeff Session's interpretation of Romans 13, suggesting that Paul was enjoining people to obey the laws of the government. Many have argued that this was a mistaken interpretation -- it is. But what do the New Testament scholars have to say? Well, Margaret Mitchell, the Shailer Matthews Professor of New Testament at the University of Chicago has given us insight -- and a fresh translation of Romans 13 (worth the price of reading this post). I believe she is on to something here. Paul isn't talking about obeying the government, but submitting to the powers, which are under the authority of God. Note that there aren't laws to be obeyed, only one law, the law of love. Context matters!! Take a read!