Especially for death penalty proponents, Romans 13:4 has come to occupy a central role in debates on capital punishment. There Paul writes: “[I]f you do what is wrong, you should be afraid for the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer.” Notably, Southern Baptists cite Romans 13:4 in their church’s official statement supporting capital punishment.
Ah taxation, how we despise thee. You make some richer, but most poorer. You daily remind us that we live not in a free society, but under shackles. Let us count the ways you oppress us:
- Lost Productivity
- The Truth About Government Spending
- Privacy and Personal Income
- Your Tax Dollars at Work
- Withholding Taxes
- Caesar’s Benevolence
- Living in Fear
- Taxation is Theft
- Lost Prosperity
(And there’s an Epilogue too!)
Thanks, everyone, for your comments and encouragement. It was quite fun (and challenging) to compose these articles. I hope you benefited from them as much as I did from writing them.
This series was featured on the LewRockwell.com Blog on April 13th, 2009.