It might be shocking that I’m addicted to reading the blogs of ultra-conservative Christians. I can’t help it…it’s like crack to me…well, maybe mint chocolate chip ice cream. I don’t know why I’m drawn to them (it’s not for their political ideologies), but I just am. Comments like “Democrats are Marxists/Socialists/Nazis.” crack me up…never mind that Socialism and Nazism are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. They are both authoritarian forms of government, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end.
In case you can’t tell, I lean somewhat left of center politically…with some Libertarian tendencies (my poor mother).
Anyways, I would like to ask a question of the ultra-conservative Christian bloggers. In light of passages like Romans 13: 1-3, Matthew 22: 15-22, Titus 3: 1-2, and 1 Timothy 2: 1-5, how do you justify your attacks against the government and those in power?
As I was formulating this post, I stumbled across this transcript of a message John MacArthur gave back in 1997. I know it’s older, but it still applies.
I wish I could give them all to you this morning…well I could but I won’t, so you have to come back next week for the last. But let’s take point one…remember your duty. What is our duty? We may be hurt. We may be disappointed. We may be angry as we watch the vestiges of Christian influence die. We may be angry at what we see happening in the courts and in the congresses and the executive offices of our land. What is our response? We may not agree with the decisions that they are making. Here’s what he says. “Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be uncontentious, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.” Seven virtues are listed there. Seven virtues. Now listen to this. It doesn’t matter whether your ruler is Caesar, Herod, Pilate, Felix, Fetus, Agrippa, Stalin, Hitler, Winston Churchill, Bill Clinton, it doesn’t matter who it is, he says be subject, you teach them to be subject.
MacArthur goes on to say:
So, submit to the government. Why? It is designed by God, resisting is resisting God. Resisters will be punished. Government is designed to restrain evil and promote good. Rulers are empowered to punish and do it for conscience’s sake. Then the sum of it, verses 6 and 7, “So pay your taxes,” verse 6 says, “for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.” And then verse 7, “Render to all what is due, tax to whom tax is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.” The whole point is God has put government in place and you are to submit to it.
I do think that I have an answer, but I’m not going to give anything away right now. I want to know what the other side thinks (although liberals are more than welcome to comment too ;)).