In our sinful world, evil is everywhere. Evil people with evil intentions do bad things, and we are harmed by it.
Some Christians separate their loyalty to God from their obligation to their government, society or workplace.
The Roman Empire was noted for its fair legal system and strong administration of conquered territories.
Running a country costs a lot of money. Civil administration, police and military forces are expensive; so are roads, health and legal services.
Following on from Paul's instruction to pay whatever taxes the civil authorities demand (Romans 13:6-7), the Apostle now says that no debt should be left unpaid. If you owe money, pay it quickly.
Naturally, we all settle into a routine of life, assuming that the work we have to do, and the people to whom we relate, will remain constant.
In the same way that a child has to be taught how to behave, the Christian disciple has to learn how to live in such a way that Jesus is glorified.
Ancient Rome was full of idol shrines and pagan worship. When people became Christians, they knew it was foolish and wrong to worship false gods.
On what basis do most of us make our decisions? It would be nice to think that we come to clear conclusions on the basis of obvious facts.
While constructive criticism is a helpful part of academic discipline and business relationships, socially, criticism which is personally motivated is destructive and in the church it is a menace.
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