St John Chrysostom: Respecting authority doesn’t mean endorsing the current administration

WHERFORE did the heathen rage, and the nations imagine vain things?

The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers gathered themselves together, against the Lord, and against his Christ; saying, Let us break through their bonds, and cast away their yoke from us.

Now therefore understand, ye kings: be instructed, all ye that judge the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice in him with trembling.

Psalm 1:2-3, 10-11.

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St John Chrysostom (c. 349-407)

St John Chrysostom (c. 349-407)

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“FOR there is no power,” he [St Paul] says, “but of God.”

What say you? it may be said; is every ruler then elected by God?

This I do not say, he answers.

Nor am I now speaking about individual rulers, but about the thing in itself.

For that there should be rulers, and some rule and others be ruled, and that all things should not just be carried on in one confusion, the people swaying like waves in this direction and that; this, I say, is the work of God’s wisdom.

Hence he does not say, “for there is no ruler but of God;” but it is the thing he speaks of, and says, “there is no power but of God. And the powers that be, are ordained of God.”

Thus when a certain wise man saith, “It is by the Lord that a man is matched with a woman” (Prov 19:14, LXX), he means this, God made marriage, and not that it is He that joineth together every man that cometh to be with a woman.

For we see many that come to be with one another for evil, even by the law of marriage, and this we should not ascribe to God.

St John Chrysostom. Source.

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