I would imagine that many of you respond in a similar way to how I do when I read certain scriptures. In my mind when I read Romans 13:1-5, my thoughts are "REALLY? Surely there must be an exception to these verses somewhere!"

Before you read the scriptures, let me give you just a bit of contextual background.  Most theological scholars concur that the Apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans from the city of Corinth during his third missionary journey around 57 AD.  That would mean the book of Romans was written while Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus or more commonly known as just Neroreigned over the Roman Empire.

Nero was Roman Emperor
from
54 AD to 68 AD

Apostle Paul penned
Romans 13:1-5
circa 57 AD

 

It is documented that Nero started well. He ended secret trials and gave the Senate more independence. He banned capital punishment, reduced taxes and allowed slaves to sue unjust owners. He provided assistance to cities that had suffered disasters, gave aid to the Jews and established open competitions in poetry, drama and athletics. 
However, like Caligula before him, Nero had a dark side. His impulses began as simple extravagance. Before long, however, stories were circulating that he seduced married women and young boys, and that he had castrated and "married" a male slave. He also liked to wander the streets, murdering innocent people at random. Nero eventually became famously known as one the most vicious persecutors of Christians

Surely there must be an exception clause to Romans 13:1-5 ? !

However, as I have searched and taught the Scriptures during 38 years of personal devotion 
and vocational ministry - I found NONE!
As a matter of fact, the same Apostle Paul would later (circa 63 AD) write a letter to his young disciple Timothy.  Here is a portion: “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1–4, NLT)
Christian tradition teaches that Paul, as a Roman citizen, was beheaded on the Ostian Road just outside of Rome. Nero died June, 68 A.D., so that Paul was executed before that date, perhaps in the late spring of that year (or 67).  In other words, the Apostle Paul taught first century Christians to PRAY for the exact same authority that would eventually execute him.  
Paul's writing echoes Jesus' words:““You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (Matthew 5:43–44, NLT)
The Adopt-A-Cop Prayer Ministry's primary purpose is to cover our communities' Law Enforcement officers with prayer on a daily basis.  As we engage in this endeavor, we must remember to also pray for ALL who are in authority, Even if they behave and govern in a manner which makes them our enemy, we are still called to pray! No Exceptions Found. 
Honored to Serve,
Chaplain Clif Cummings
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