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six Stone-lectures

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CALVINISM AND POLITICS.

104

of the Nile a Pharaoh ruled over the pro-

banks

the

genitors of the fellaheen of Egypt.

Nor can a group of men, by contract, from tlieir own What binding right, compel you to obey a fellow-man. force

there

is

one

my

of

men

other

me

for

in the allegation, that ages

made a ""^Contrat time? As man I stand,

over against the most powerful of

do not speak of the family,

I

ties rule

but

;

in the

bow down

or

my

who

men cannot

free

and bold,

fellow-men.

for here organic, natural

sphere of the State

to anyone,

Authority over little

Social", wath

progenitors

of that

ago

I

man, as

is

arise

do not yield am.

I

from men. Just as

from a majority over against a minority,

for history

shows, almost on every page, that very often the minority

And

ivas right.

thus to the

first Calvinistic thesis

of governments momentous thesis is added that:

sin alone has necessitated the instituiio7i this

second and no

less

of governments

all authority

the Sovereignty

of God

"obey", then

humbly bow

I

mising in the least like

in

my

on

y

earth, originates

07i

When God

alone.

my

from

says to me,

head, without compro-

personal dignity, as a man. For,

proportion as you degrade yourself, by bowing

low to a child of man, whose breath so,

that

the

other

hand do you

is

in his nostrils;

raise yourself,

if

you

submit to the authority of the Lord of heaven and earth.

Thus

"By Me

kings

as the apostle has elsewhere declared:

"The

the

reign", or

word

of Scripture

stands:

powers, that be, are ordained of God. resisteth the

The

power, withstandeth the ordinance of God".

magistrate

thwart

all

Therefore he that

is

license

an instrument of "common grace", to

and outrage and

to shield the

good

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

Calvinism - pagina 108

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