Question of the day: staging rebellion.

Today’s question of the day is another one posed by Nick over at Multitude of Counsel. He’s been on a roll lately. 😀

I don’t really have any words to give as a means of introduction to this question, so take a look and leave your thoughts.

Is it ever right to stage a rebellion against the government?

Thoughts? Opinions? Examples in history? Scripture to support your theory?

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Posted on January 31, 2011, in Question of the Day and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Paul, clearly, would say “no.” In Romans 13:1-7 he says “Obey the government, for God is the one who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. {and note – the government then was very corrupt and persecuted Christians; much worse than today.} Despite that, he goes on: “So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow. . .obey those over you.”

    The Bible also tells us “Pray…for kings and all others who are in authority over us, or are in places of high responsibility…this is good and pleases God our Savior” (1 Tim 2:1-3). And it tells us to love and honor members of the government, among everyone. To refuse to lie about them or hate them. To reject the lies of others. No matter who’s in power. Democrats are to love and pray for Republicans. Republicans are to love and pray for Democrats.

    Jesus himself refused to criticize or oppose the Roman government, despite strong pressure from his day’s conservatives to do so.

    Today, I think the biggest danger is not just that we get ourselves in trouble with God by not obeying these Scriptures. It’s that we oppose the government because we, ourselves, have forgotten some of what Jesus said were God’s most important commands. Especially his commands about loving and helping our neighbors, which specifically includes the poor and sick. So what do we do? Vigorously oppose helping ALL those Jesus told us to help, and then oppose the government because it wants to help them – and to do some things (even if not everything) that Jesus taught!

    So we disobey one commandment (to “love” government) because we are disobeying another (to help the poor, homeless, sick, widows, orphans, immigrants, and others). That combination is deadly. We need to swing from disobeying the Bible’s commands on government to obeying BOTH kinds of commands.

    Or we just may find ourselves in big trouble with God. In fact, no “may” about it!

  2. As Americans, this is a meaningful question. Because, at its root, we are forced to ask: “As a supposedly ‘Christian’ nation, was the American Revolution honoring to God and in obedience to His Word?”

  3. Exactly.
    If, as Pete said, we WILL find ourselves in ‘big trouble’ with God, where does that put the United States? And if indeed, the American Revolution (basically fought over taxes) was not in obedience to God, what do we do about that today (even though he obviously has blessed this nation greatly since then)?

  4. Funny one.

    The apostle Paul would probably say “no” for the reasons above.

    Daniel and his three mates Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego would probably say “sometimes, depending what it is”.

    Moses would probably say “yes, why not?”

    Elijah and Elisha would probably fall short of staging a rebellion but clearly and emphatically tell the government what they thought.

    Jehu would probably say “yes, where do I sign up”

    I’m entitled to swing it with Daniel and his three buddies. Happy to be wrong.

  5. Gideon would probably say “Do I have to?”

  6. This came to mind!

    “The saving of our world will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.” MLK

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