As America's Founding Fathers resisted obedience to King George III, they were motivated in part by their theology. And through church history, many early Protestants were thoroughly biblically literate, steeped in the Scriptures, which led them to embrace resistance theories in opposition to tyrannical governments.
As the West continues to move further away from individual, God-given liberty, and closer to government-controlled tyranny, Western Christians need to be steeped like our forefathers in what the Bible does - and does not affirm - about responding to government.
David Schrock writes, “Instead of investing in a biblical theology of God and government, God’s Law and man’s laws, too many churches have, for generations, not taught their members in matters of religious liberty. We assumed that religious liberty was our lasting birthright, not knowing that we needed to fight to keep it.”
Hear Douglas Wilson's message, Resistance, Revolution, Reformation, and Romans (13, that is).
The following article by David Schrock draws from the thoughts of Doug Wilson and others. . . .
"In his commentary on Romans, Colin Kruse observes that in Romans 13 'Paul is drawing upon teaching in Jewish literature about God’s sovereignty over the rise and fall of earthly rulers' (Paul’s Letter to the Romans, 493).
Far too many
have a simplistic, even child-like, understanding of Romans 13. And if the
church is going to survive our post-modern, post-Christian world, we need to
think more carefully (read: more biblically) about Romans 13.
Obedience and Resistance
When we read
Romans 13 we need to see what it says and what it doesn’t say. Namely, the
faithful Christian is to obey the command to submit to those in authority,
seeing them as God’s servants. But at the same time, when governors misuse
their God-given authority and violate God’s law, faithful Christians can and must
obey God and not man. Or as Francis Schaeffer once put it, 'since tyranny is
satanic, not to resist it is to resist God, to resist tyranny is to honor God' (A
Christian Manifesto; cited in the Introduction to Lex,
Rex, by Samuel Rutherford)."
Click here to see the entire article by David Schrock at Via Emmaus.
See also the following:
Does Romans13 Prohibit All Civil Disobedience? by John Piper
Submit or Defy: The Romans 13 Debate from the Standing For Freedom Center at Liberty University
And the following, What About Romans 13?, from Eric Metaxas and Dutch Sheets:
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