Christian Worldview Rebellion Submission

WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD NOT REBEL

Rebellion begins with an idea that leads to an attitude and if allowed to continue concludes with a stand against authority, and because God is the ultimate authority, to rebel against any authority is to rebel against God.  The only exception that allows us to rebel against a governing authority and  not rebel against God  is when the governing authority (church or state) requires us to sin.

When the Christian rebels he not only rebels against God but against the knowledge of Christ.  The Christian is one who has been enlightened to the suffering of Christ, which sufferings put away sin to make the recipient holy, separated from the world and to God and His purposes.  Everything that comes into our lives is to make us holy, so to reject a circumstance is to reject God’s purpose in that circumstance.  To reject the purpose of God in our lives is to reject our conformity to Christ, which is the ultimate purpose behind everything to the Christian.  To reject our conformity to Christ is to reject the sufferings of Christ, by which we are saved and conformed to His likeness.

Why should Christians not rebel?  Because when the Christian rebels he rebels against the sufferings of Christ while standing in the light of the Gospel.   The Gospel is personified when a Christian denies a love for this present world by accepting the worst that it can impose.  Rebellion denies a separation from the world and thereby denies a love for Christ.  1 John 2:15Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

About GI

I write a blog called Godly Increase to help people understand that life is not at all what it seems. The masses live as though there is no God, but apart from Him nothing else could exist. God not only created but also sustains our world, so that all what seems to be governed by the laws of physics are themselves controlled by the divine person who wrote a book to explain the meaning of life. The book is the Bible and it is the only source of truth on the planet. Within God's book secondary causes are articulated, but God is the primary cause of all things. Some may plant, others may water, but it is God that causes the growth.

2 comments on “WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD NOT REBEL

  1. Tell me, what biblical obligation do people have to protect those around them from evil? Does a husband have a biblical obligation to protect his wife? Does a parent have a biblical obligation to protect their child? Does an adult have a biblical obligation to protect any child? Do the strong have a biblical obligation to protect the weak?

    If so, then what is the biblical basis or source for that obligation and how do we match this obligation against the requirement to submit to an unjust government?

    If no such biblical obligation to protect exists, then upon what basis do we condemn those who fail to protect those in their charge? How do we justify violence against anyone at any time for any reason? Does the Bible mandate pacifism, condemn courage and excuse cowardice?

    My own view is that if you stand before the world as a missionary in the style of Paul, without wife or children, with no family and no obligations to anyone save for his ministry to the Church then perhaps, PERHAPS you may have no competing obligations and can passively submit.

    But if you marry, if you are a parent by birth or adoption then are you not bound by obligations to protect those people against those who would do evil to them? Are you not called to resist evil? Whats more if you take on the responsibility of leadership, if you stand as a prince, lord, magistrate, mayor, sheriff are you not even more so obligated to see to the needs of those under you care? Is this not true even in conditions of despotism where local lords are appointed? How much more true is it under our Constitution, where the sovereignty of Government explicitly rests with the People and local leaders are elected to serve and protect their own people?

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  2. I like your comment about Paul. It is much easier to sacrifice oneself for the cause of Christ than loved ones. Some believe that Paul addressed this very issue in the 7th chapter of 1 Corinthians when he said, 7:28 “But if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such will have trouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you.” Great persecution was only a few years in the future and the trouble that he was talking about there possibly involved the very question that you raise. I am not personally an expert on persecution, especially the physical abuse kind but I have done some reading in “Fox’s Book of Martyrs”. There we find the accounts of many who sacrificed themselves and who also saw loved ones killed for the cause of Christ. Women were drowned alongside their children, so that they would not deny Christ. Is it possible for such sacrifice, even of the ones we love, obviously it is; but only in the power of the Holy Spirit.

    As to defending loved ones in an act that is not attached to persecution, as in the case of a burglar, we must return to the fact that all men are created in the image of God. It is not right to take a life because life is given by God and only He has that right, and to kill is to dishonor God, in whose image we are made. To protect life is better than to destroy, to save life is better than to kill. I can see a Spirit filled individual stand up to save life, however, even then there would be a presence of God in their life that would not look anything like revenge or unforgiveness. I do hope this has been helpful. Peace and Joy!

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