To most Americans, even those professing to be Christians, there is no higher law than that which is decreed by their god, government. People may go to church, they may read the Bible, they may wear crosses and display Jesus Saves bumper stickers on their cars, but ask them to resist government and you may as well be asking them to cut off an arm or a leg.
I can’t say that this is all inclusive, but a lot of that comes from the fact that today’s churches, and those who attend them, are vastly different than the churches that existed during the American Revolution. I’d be willing to bet that most people aren’t aware that the pastors of 1775 and 1776 often gave fiery sermons denouncing government; urging their congregation to oppose it. I’d also be willing to bet that many aren’t aware of the fact that many pastors urged resistance to the authority being imposed upon the Colonies by their government.
For instance, did you know that the first Archbishop ever raised to that position in the United States was John Carroll of Maryland, and that he supported the cause of independence? Did you know that his cousin Charles actually signed the Declaration of Independence? Some merely preached resistance to British authority from the pulpits, while others, such as Peter Muhlenberg of Virginia, actually fought in the war for independence?
One would do well to spend a few minutes researching the Black Robed Regiment to see how the Pastors of America felt about blind obedience to government. There are, and I have some of them, fiery sermons where the pastor preached resistance to tyranny; not acquiescence and obedience.
Today the churches of America preach obedience to government, and some are actually platforms for radical beliefs that are in complete opposition to God’s Law. Many of these churches base their beliefs on their interpretation of the passage in the Bible where it says, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars; and unto God all the things that are God’s.”
I don’t believe that Christ intended for that passage to mean blind acceptance and obedience to any form of government as some espouse today. I believe it means that things of a political nature be left to the politicians while the people focus their attention upon adhering to the will of God, or His Laws.
I’m not saying we should ignore government altogether, but when discussing government our foremost concern should be whether government adheres to God’s basic Laws; such as the 10 Commandments. If we elect wise and virtuous men, who rule in the fear of God, as Noah Webster said in the earliest years of our nation, “When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, ‘just men who will rule in the fear of God.’ The preservation of [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty.”
If we elect those who will use their political power for their own benefit, or to plunder the wealth or rights of some to benefit others, then we are violating at least one of the Ten Commandments; because theft is theft regardless of whether it is sanctioned by the laws of man.
Most of those who participated in the establishing of America as a free and independent country believed in the existence of a supreme Creator of some kind; the Declaration of Independence proves that point by saying that our rights come from our Creator. By affixing their names to that document they professed their belief that our rights come from some higher authority than man, and therefore cannot be violated without also rebelling against that higher authority.
The Declaration of Independence also states that governments exist to secure those rights, not infringe upon them or deny them altogether. Therefore, any government that is just will be one that seeks, with all its authority, to ensure that all men equally enjoy the blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
However, if a government should seek to limit or restrict those rights, then it also goes against the will of that Creator, for those rights are above the authority of any man, or group of men, to limit or restrict.
One of the biggest Commandments in the Bible is “Thou shalt not kill” yet we have a government that not only tolerates, it funds institutions that perform hundreds of thousands of abortions annually.
How can any Christian support such an entity and still claim they love their God? That fact alone should preclude any God-fearing person from giving their support to the government as it exists today. Then to top it all off this same government is guilty of violating most, if not all of our other rights, and limiting our liberty to such an extent only the spiritually blind can call themselves free.
Put aside the fact that the ‘other’ party does things you do not agree with. Put aside the fact that the government does things that violate the law imposed upon it by the men who drafted the Constitution. Focus your attention on whether that government secures to you the blessing of liberty that is God’s gift to all men.
Patrick Henry, the most fervent defender of liberty this country has ever seen, was also a very devout man. In his speech of March 23, 1775 Henry urged his fellow Virginians to rise up and resist the tyranny of their government, stating, “An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!” Those are not the words of a man who believes we should meekly accept whatever tyranny his government imposes upon him, they are the words of a man who also has the courage to say, “Give me liberty or give me death”, and mean those words with every fiber of his being.
You can vote for whomever you want, but until we return to the beliefs enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, and not blind obedience and support for a government that cares nothing about that document, then nothing will improve for the better in this country.
I’m not saying you have to believe in God, what I’m saying is that if you don’t support men and women to hold office who adhere to the same beliefs as did the founders who did, then nothing is going to change. As long as we elect evil and corrupt men and women who think it is okay to plunder, to rob the people of their rights and liberty, then it doesn’t matter if they are Republican or Democrat, we’ll remain on the same downward spiral we’ve been on since this government was first instituted over 2 centuries ago.
And might I add as a side note, you might want to start asking yourself what your final destination is going to be when you support a system that denies us the rights given us by our Creator.