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Lessons in Civil Theology - the biblical basis for civil and military conscientious objection

King George III, 1776</p>
<p>kinda looks like a girlie-man, don't he?
King George III, 1776
kinda looks like a girlie-man, don't he?

"Then the king ordered the guards at his side: "Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because they too have sided with David. They knew he was fleeing, yet they did not tell me." But the king's officials were not willing to raise a hand to strike the priests of the LORD."


 In a recent Pew Research Poll, 77% of the American population stated they are “frustrated” (56%) to “angry” (21%) with their government. While the numbers of the frustrated are nothing new, the numbers describing themselves as angry beavers, is.

The survey found "a perfect storm of conditions associated with distrust of government – a dismal economy, an unhappy public, bitter partisan based backlash, and epic discontent with Congress and elected officials."

While dissent is not new to American politics, it is not something that the Silent Majority are comfortable with. The Great Generation spent their lives obeying The Man, they knew nothing of rebellion. That was something James Dean did, not them. But another generation has come to adulthood, those raised in the sixties and seventies that have the spark of dissent in them, but still mainly are of a breed that tucks their shirts in their pants, and still salutes the flag.

A generation not paying attention to reality, distracted by materialism, and brainwashed by social flim-flam men, allowed our country to be taken over by a bunch of whacked-out Marxist radicals.

Okay, we get that, so.....what do we do now?

Remember all those sessions in church when the pastor was quoting Romans 13:1 to you?

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

Yeah, you remember because he’s taught the same thing to you so many times, all you need to know is what his main text will be for church that morning and you can skip it and watch football, you have his sermon memorized.

But this same Paul wrote four letters of the New Testament (Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, and Philippians), during his imprisonment in Rome, precisely for disobeying those same authorities when it came to preaching the Gospel of Freedom and Liberty.

In the OT (Old Testament) we find the concept of civil and military conscientious objection.

Saul, King of Israel, was as nutty as a fruitcake, as off the deep end as any of these politicians in Washington are now. Twice ( 1 Samuel 14:45 and 1Samuel 22:17 ) the people, including his own army, had to refuse to obey his orders because they violated common moral and civil sense, and were objectionable to God's revealed will. He had sought to kill both Jonathan and David, heroes of Israel. The people and the Army, understanding the difference between true obedience and foolish, brain dead, shuffle silently into the gas chamber... kind of obedience….. refused.

Our Founding Fathers did not obey King George III unthinkingly, either.

That’s what makes us Americans.

We don’t obey just for the sake of obeying. 

We obey, and we don't obey......when it’s right to do so. 

Amen, Preacher.

Patrick Henry's speech in 1775 to the Virginia Convention released the Virginia Militia to the service of the Revolutionary War.Patrick Henry's speech to the Virginia Convention (House of Burgesses) in 1775 at St. John's Church, Richmond, sent the Virginia Militia to service in the Revolutionary War. "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give me Liberty, or give me Death!"