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the Greek word for "rulers" in this verse is archon (758), which is a present participle of archo, which means "to be first." It makes sense that Paul would have used language similar to Jesus', and Jesus said that those who are first are the servants of others. So in this verse, it seems that all of the "rulers" are figures in power but are servants of ...


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In context it would appear he's referring to "good" rulers. I believe it takes for granted that an appointed ruler is appointed with the grace of God. This would be different than a self-appointed ruler or tyrant. Obeying trusted leaders along with your peers is a way of developing a cohesive stance on moral and legal issues. The more who stand in favor of ...


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To answer the OP's question, it is important to recognize that legally, the U.S.A. was not established as a Christian nation. It was instead based on innovative, seventeenth-century ideals of Deism and freethought. The founding documents of the United States, namely the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation (no longer in effect) and ...



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