No human government can veto the rights that GOD gave to us before He established human government – those being the institutions of marriage, parenthood, worship, and work, as well as the rights of life, liberty, property, and being a free moral agent to share one’s faith.
Government was ordained by GOD and such government cannot revoke what GOD has given mankind prior to establishing government as Frederic Bastiat stated in his famous treatise “The Law“.
As Bastiat stated – if a man has a right to defend himself and his own family, liberty, and property, then a group of men united have a right to defend the same together against tyranny.
Christians have always held government authority in high regard; however, Christians have also fought for justice to set people forth as free moral agents. As Solomon said, there is a time for everything. A time for war. A time for peace. The key is knowing when those times are … knowing when martyrdom serves the LORD and when war serves Him. Keep in mind that GOD’s greatest heroes of faith in Scripture have served in both roles of martyr and warrior. At times, men of GOD fought against tyrannical governments and thus opened the door to freedom for the Bible to be published and for the Gospel to reach the ends of the earth in the face of Roman suppression. The works of Oliver Cromwell, Miles Standish, the Protestant Knights, John Calvin, and many others made it possible to cast off the chains of Roman rule and to see the Gospel flourish and freedom and justice became “normal” to society, instead of Inquisitions and Roman arenas full of lions and gladiators.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” – Matthew 23:23
“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.” – Daniel 6:10
You may not agree with Christians who follow Jesus Christ, but you must respect them for caring enough about you and your family to defend you and to fight for you. Those believers who truly love GOD make the greatest citizens and are the most loyal supporters of justice.
“Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.” – Luke 22:36
May GOD help any tyrant who stamps upon these kind and gentle people. Eternal infamy will haunt such a tyrant unceasingly in the forever to come. As salt and light, Christians must work for what Jesus called the weightier matters of the law, namely love, mercy, and justice.
“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” – Act 5:29
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8
Remember that Jesus was a Lamb in His first coming to earth, just as His apostles played the Lamb. Later in history, His followers played the Lion. When Jesus returns the second time, He too will be a Lion to His foes and destroy them without hesitation. Also, beware those evil men who love to stir the pot and create strife. They hope to use one enemy against another to eliminate both of their enemies through revolutions, civil wars, and wars. Beware of those who seek to pull you into confrontation with other countries, your own government, or your fellow man. We should never initiate a conflict though we must sometimes play the man; however, we should be slow to wrath, careful of intrigue, and always prepared to defend ourselves.