Thursday, July 9, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: Qualified Obedience to Kings

Remind them to be subject and obedient to rule and authority (v.1). And since those in power at the time were godless, he was obliged to add the distinction, to be ready for every good work: one need not be obedient to rulers in everything - only pay the tribute and the tax, and accord the due respect, but show public opposition should they give any godless order.

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Commentary on Titus, Chapter 3, in Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, Volume 2, pp. 256-57 (2001), Robert C. Hill translator.