I read The Message as a book. I realize it is a paraphrased story of the Bible and I realize it is not 100% accurate. I simply like to read the Bible stories in a freer flowing style when I am reading for relaxation. Look what I came across the other night:
Romans 13 The Message (MSG)
To Be a Responsible Citizen
“Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So, live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.
Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live.
That’s also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders.”
If you prefer not to read The Message, I suggest you look up Romans 13 in your preferred translation of scripture. I think you will find the words do not match exactly but the meaning is similar.
So, what’s the message? I hear it loud and clear. How about you?
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6