On Respecting Authority

Bojidar Marinov wrote of his contempt for the idea of respecting ungodly authorities in his article It’s Time to Start Teaching Our Kids Disrespect To “Authority”.

Most of us know about Romans 13:

1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

But then comes the question, what if the authorities are obviously ungodly? What if the ministers of God despise God?

The rulers rule because the population sees them as legitimate. An ungodly people will have ungodly rulers, as surely as the blind falls into the ditch. To change this requires a change in the pulpits, and the rise of men of God who have no fear of a corrupt Establishment.

But most pastors prefer a quiet and comfortable term in office… and most Christians laymen prefer to revere powerful men, rather than challenge them. Both groups have a far greater fear of men than they have of God.

So God gives then the yoke they have chosen.

And when they wake up and remember this, they will clearly see that the advance of tyranny in the last 20 years was based on one single factor: The Christian and conservative worship of the idol of “respect to authority,” an idol their forefathers detested, despised, spit upon, and actively opposed, and thus built the freest nation in the world.

Well, not exactly, as the Federalists who created the Constitution created a more powerful, more taxing, and more controlling State (and one that was grounded in the rule of The People rather than the rule of God) than anything the British Kings ever did. But violent rebels generally do create a more oppressive order than the one they overthrew.

Repentance is better than rebellion. And I prefer the simplicity of widespread unconcern of what The Authorities desire, than stewing in fear or hate of them. After all, in the fullness of time The Establishment will be a busted, bankrupted, and exhausted husk of what it once was. The Walking Dead is an annoyance to be avoided – or paid off – until they can be ignored, not an existential threat.

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