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Some interesting posts from the Anglican blogosphere

March 23, 2013

There have been a number of posts recently that I have found interesting from other Anglican bloggers, and I thought I would mention a few of them.

First, I wanted to mention the haunting (for me, anyway) poem Something for the Feast from Teresa Roberts Johnson of Angliverse.  In this poem, she captures very well some of the frightening aspects of the entrapment of Judas in the spiritual warfare being waged by Satan against the Lamb of God.  As the author notes, “there is a sense of dread that I could so easily fall into the same trap that ensnared Judas. May God protect and defend His people from our own dark hearts.”  I have to say “Amen” to that – and heartily commend this poem to you.

Second, Matt Colvin of Colvinism has penned a post on Gems from Plutarch.  The whole piece is quite interesting, but this portion is quite helpful to me when it comes to wrestling with Romans 13: (Note: to keep Matt’s formatting I am not using my usual quote format, but italicizing his words.)

“3. For Matt Trewhella, I found this amazing argument by which Tiberius Gracchus justified the removal of a fellow tribune of the plebs who was obstructing his land law, refuting his opponents who held that this impeachment and removal was a violation of the sacrosanctity with which tribunes were invested ex officio:

If a tribune should depart from his duty, oppress the people, cripple its powers, and take away its right to vote, he has by his own actions deprived himself of his honorable office by not fulfilling the conditions upon which he accepted it. Otherwise we should be obliged to allow a tribune the freedom even to demolish the Capitol or burn down the naval arsenal. If a tribune commits such actions as these he is still a tribune, even though a bad one, but if he annals the powers of the people, he ceases to be a tribune at all… A tribune who infringes the rights of the people has no just claim to retain the immunity which is granted him for his services to the peopl, since he is destroying the very power which is the foundation of his own.

This is nicely parallel to the 1550 Magdeburg Confession, which argues that Romans 13:4′s language about the magistrate as the minister of God cannot be used to compel Christians to obey an ungodly magistrate who is using his authority to attack God and God’s laws:

The Magistrate is an ordinance of God for honor to good works, and a terror to evil works (Rom. 13). Therefore when he begins to be a terror to good works and honor to evil, there is no longer in him, because he does thus, the ordinance of God, but the ordinance of the devil.

A similar case can be made about politicians who swear to uphold the Constitution.”

(end of quote)

This is pretty good, I think, and certainly may be very helpful in shedding light on how Christians should apply Romans 13 to the situations in which we may find ourselves regarding government, wherever in the world we may be.

Finally for today, I wanted to mention David Ould’s thoughts on the enthronement of the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.  I think David’s final point is most pertinent: “The pressing question for the Communion and therefore for ++Welby is simply this – will he pursue real reconciliation in line with the legacy that he has stepped into? If he will then surely there is still hope for the unity of the Communion. If not then he will be the Archbishop of Canterbury who truly presides over our final fracturing.”

I suppose I am concerned after reading the Archbishop’s inaugural sermon.  Is it is just me, or is the “social gospel” more prominent than the Gospel in that message?  This reinforces the points made by David in his post and I hope you will read it.

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