In his article, Baldwin points out a few crucial truths often overlooked when applying Romans 13. Truths like these:
- Human authority is always limited. Only God's authority is absolute.
- Civil government, then, serves only a limited function. Beyond that function, it holds no legitimate authority.
- There are times when faithfulness to God requires resistance to human authority (even governmental authority).
- In the American system of government, ultimate authority (humanly speaking, that is) is vested in the constitution and not in any individual person or group of persons (like the president or the supreme court).