1. I don't believe Daniel, Josephh or Mordicai were in ELECTED positions, were they? So what they did fits my opinion of being OK.
OK, point taken - you did make a distinction between elected and appointed positions. But that leads to the question of why you make such a distinction. Is there some scriptural argument you can cite to demonstrate that elected officials are "part of the world" but that appointed officials are not? Could we say that the premiers of the old Soviet Union were "no part of the world" because they were appointed by the Politburo rather than elected by the people?
Of course you are entitled to draw the line anywhere you want, based upon your own conscience and your personal opinion - and if that is all you are expressing, I respect that. But I don't see a scriptural basis for making that particular distinction.
I think that FairMind was quite clear in what he said. So how did you miss the point Neon?
OK, so I had a "duh" moment. But his position does lead to other questions, as I have enumerated above.
What about Hitler?
Well, Scripture does say what I cited - that God is in control of earth's affairs and that he puts human rulerships in their places. At the time that Paul wrote Romans 13, the dominant power was the Roman Empire under the Caesars, which was scarcely better than Hitler's Germany in the way people were treated if they ran afoul of the authorities.
The alternative would be to assert that God is not in control, and was unable to prevent Hitler from coming to power, which is clearly not a Biblical position. This question hails back to the philosophical problem of evil, which is really the context of the book of Job. Job didn't understand why he was being afflicted, but his sufferings were in line with God's purposes, and therefore were allowed by God. It is of note that God never answers Job's question as to why he suffered; it was incumbent upon Job to understand that God would work everything, even suffering, to produce the greatest ultimate good. Similarly, we may not understand from our limited human viewpoint why bad stuff happens to good people, but if we believe in the God of the Bible, we can have faith that His purpose will ultimately accomplish the greatest good for all.