From the article originally posted below:
"Christians will quote Romans 13.
But if you understand that WE THE PEOPLE are sovereigns, kings, the power, then the passage reads entirely differently!"
On the other hand, this line of reasoning also plays right into the statist dogma that was passed down by the "founding lawyers." That is, the notion that the collective "will" of "the people" somehow negates individual liberty.
This is further amplified by the author:
Romans 13 (NIV)
1 Everyone must submit himself to WE THE PEOPLE UNDER GOD, for there is no authority except that which God has established. THE PEOPLE THAT exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against THE PEOPLE is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For THE PEOPLE hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SOVEREIGN AUTHORITIES UNDER GOD? Then do what is right and THE PEOPLE will commend you. 4 For THE PEOPLE ARE God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for THE PEOPLE do not HAVE THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS FOR nothing. THE PEOPLE ARE God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to THE PEOPLE UNDER GOD, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6 This is also why THE STATES are to pay THE CONSTITUTIONAL CAPITATION TAX, for WE THE PEOPLE are God's servants, AND THE PROPERLY DELEGATED CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITIES give their full time to governing. 7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you LEGALLY AND LAWFULLY owe taxes, pay those taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Nothing statist there, huh!?
Give the dupes
a reason to think
that they are the ones who are really in charge and they'll continue to enslave themsevles ad infinitum
The truth is that it is not enough to suggest that "we" are sovereigns (in a collective sense)... Rather, that I
am sovereign over myself and no other! It really is that simple.