Responsibility. It’s more than a long word – it’s also a big ask. There are certain things we can’t avoid; Mark Twain famously said these were “being born, dying and paying taxes.”It’s the latter that Paul addresses in Romans 13. It’s not so much the mechanisms of payment but our commitment to be responsible citizens. Rome was hardly a hotbed of tolerance and justice but the Christian’s duty – as Paul explains it – is to ensure that they are a good example to follow. They should not be indebted to any secular authority. When it comes to our relationship with God, then it’s exactly the opposite. We’ll always be in debt as we can never repay the cost of freedom. Our commitment here is a continuing one: however tough our circumstances, however challenging the people involved – love must never go out the window even if everything else does.