After church yesterday Nay and I were discussing the message from Romans 13 of obeying Caesar unless Caesar specifically demands we stop our scriptural mandate to preach the gospel; giving several examples of seatbelt, and speeding laws. An even pointed example given was the scripture text was written to Christians suffering under the power of Nero at the time and was admonished to subject their lives to his rule as the pastor sighted scripture that proclaims kingdoms raise and fall under God’s authorship and we are subject to such powers as they are ordained by God.
During our conversation Nay made the best definition of our Republic clarifying the citizen’s relationship to civil authority under the Constitution. In America “our Caesar is the Constitution”, not the office of Mayor, Governor, the courts, city council, police officers, any civil servant or the individuals who serve in those positions of public service.
The American federal Constitution requires as a condition of voluntary union, states form as and remain a Republic. The people sovereign under the powers of our creator created the sovereign Republic of Minnesota, creating a Constitution protecting such powers of the people and subjection of civil government.
The Minnesota Constitution preamble states: We, the people of the state of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings and secure the same to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution:
Those who serve in civil government are in subjection to restrain conduct, power and force within the Constitution and the people are the author of such Constitution; as the author, the people are lords over public servants. Our founding fathers were adamant about the relationship of the people to civil servants, who were the temporary benefactors of authority compliant with the Constitution.