Posted by John Hunt (220.127.116.11) on December 10, 2002 at 13:14:23:
In Reply to: Rom. 13:8 posted by Tom Bunt on November 14, 2002 at 01:06:00:
I'm sorry it's taken so long to reply. I really need to check this more often.
I believe that the preceding context can help us to understand the meaning of this passage. In verses 6-7 it says "This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor." Taxes are debts, revenue (as in salaries for instance, or payment for purchase of goods for another) are debts, respect and honor are debts, yet not all are immediately due, for example, taxes are ongoing; payment of wages if we are employers is an ongoing debt which we are clearly given authority to incur. Romans 13:8 doesn't say we are never to go into debt, only that we are never to let the debt remain outstanding. You see we are not commanded to completely abstain from incurring debt, for such cannot be avoided in this life. However, we are commanded to keep from becoming delinquent in our debts; from carrying debt that is never paid when due.
Thanks for your question and may God bless you,
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