Questions St Peter Might Ask
- Should the government be able to use the tax system to take money from the haves and give it to those who have less?
- In the name of womens’ right to choose, should she be able to have an abortion?
- During a demonstration, should the demonstrators be allowed to block traffic?
- Should citizens obey laws and individuals hired to enforce the law?
- Should the government be allowed to collect taxes?
- Should employers be required to pay equally for equal work?
- How much profit should a person or corporation be allowed?
- Should persons, not under oath, be allowed to make false statements?
- Should citizens be required to fund abortions?
What the Bible Says
- 1, 3, 9 Exodus 20:15 “You shall not steal.” Redistribution is stealing! Blocking traffic is the theft of a persons right to travel and could actually lead to murder (eg preventing someone from getting critical care). Number 9 forces a citizen to support what in his opinion an immoral act.
- 2 Exodus 20:13 “You shall not kill.” Some hold that an unborn child is excluded. That is answered in Jeremiah 1:5 ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you; I appointed you as prophet to the nations.’
- 4 Romans 13:1 Everyone is to obey the governing authorities, because there is no authority except from God and so whatever authorities exist have been appointed by God.
- 5 Romans 13:6 And this is why you should pay taxes, too, because the authorities are all serving God as his agents, even while they are busily occupied with that particular task. 13:7 Pay to each one what is due to each: taxes to the one to whom tax is due, tolls to the one to whom tolls are due, respect to the one to whom respect is due, honour to the one to whom honour is due. Note that one should pay what is “DUE”. Mark 12:17 Jesus said to them, ‘Pay Caesar what belongs to Caesar — and God what belongs to God.’
- 6 Matt 20:8 In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first.” 20:9 So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. 20:10 When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. 20:11 They took it, but grumbled at the landowner saying, 20:12 “The men who came last have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day’s work in all the heat.” 20:13 He answered one of them and said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius? 20:14 Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the lastcomer as much as I pay you. 20:15 Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why should you be envious because I am generous?”
- 7 Luke 19:12 Accordingly he said, ‘A man of noble birth went to a distant country to be appointed king and then return. 19:13 He summoned ten of his servants and gave them ten pounds, telling them, “Trade with these, until I get back.” 19:15 ‘Now it happened that on his return, having received his appointment as king, he sent for those servants to whom he had given the money, to find out what profit each had made by trading. 19:16 The first came in, “Sir,” he said, “your one pound has brought in ten.” 19:17 He replied, “Well done, my good servant! Since you have proved yourself trustworthy in a very small thing, you shall have the government of ten cities.” 19:18 Then came the second, “Sir,” he said, “your one pound has made five.” 19:19 To this one also he said, “And you shall be in charge of five cities.” 19:20 Next came the other, “Sir,” he said, “here is your pound. I put it away safely wrapped up in a cloth 19:21 because I was afraid of you; for you are an exacting man: you gather in what you have not laid out and reap what you have not sown.” 19:22 He said to him, “You wicked servant! Out of your own mouth I condemn you. So you knew that I was an exacting man, gathering in what I have not laid out and reaping what I have not sown?
- 8 exodus 20:16 ‘You shall not give false evidence against your neighbour.