03 December 2007

Martin Luther on the Christian as a Ruler

You are a prince or a judge..., you have people under you and you wish to know what to do. It is not Christ you are to question concerning the matter, but the law of your country....Between the Christian and the ruler a profound separation must be made.... Assuredly, a prince can be a Christian, but it is not as a Christian that he ought to govern. As a ruler, he is not called a Christian but a prince. The man is a Christian, but his function does not concern his religion....Though they are found in the same man, the two states or function are perfectly marked off one from the other, and really opposed.
Martin Luther

1 comment:

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

Wow, that's a thinker for sure! I wonder if that's true? I don't think it's possible for the "function (to be)...perfectly marked off from ...and really opposed". How is it possible for someone to separate and even "oppose" their religion from who they are as a "politician"? Doesn't the one form the other? I would NOT like a politician who could "turn off" his faith in order to "rule judiciously and without prejudice". Also, I don't think that a person who is TRULY faithful COULD do that (though it would be quite a trick to convince the poplulace that they have)!


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