The vast majority of our forefathers believed one could not call yourself an American if one subverted the word of God.
Citing numerous Biblical violations of the oppressive regime of King George of England, over 50 signers of the Declaration of Independence who were active members in their church put together and signed the declaration of freedom now revered world-wide as a model of freedom. The standard was raised, and it was not based on foreign ideology but Judeo Christian values.http://christianity.about.com/od/independenceday/a/foundingfathers.htm
Not atheistic, not agnostic, not Buddha, not Islam, nor Hindu was represented in the declarations of our revolutionary fathers who took offense at the violations to their Judeo-Christian grounded principles.
Yes, one can find ideals similar in other fallen cultures as the Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, and Roman empires, but nothing as the three forms of United States’ government created to mirror God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the United States. Few Americans even know how the three branches of government were fashioned.
Our framers set religious freedom as a high priority and included the practice of religion without interference from the government or anyone else in the wording of the First Amendment. Those either hating Biblical principles or religion in general will lie about the United States Constitution. That is the only way the evils of forbidding expression of religion will work and that is to be deceptive about the First Amendment.
The Big Lie
Those touting “freedom from religion” have bastardized what the First Amendment actually stipulates. Legislation or judicial rulings that restrict the practice or expression of religious freedom are committing violations to the US Constitution which is a fundamental freedom. The job of the judicial branch is to decide if a law violates or reaffirms the Constitution, not create new laws or stretch the truth of the wording where it is unrecognizable.
Which brings us to the question…are Bible believing Christians obligated to obey the government all the time? This is especially critical when a law or process is implemented which violates the word of God.
It becomes a matter of conscience regarding the choice of either offending God or offending the government. There is no grey area regarding God’s word, you are either obeying or rejecting God’s word. Moral relativism does not exist in God’s word, you either is or you aint; which is not appropriate English but it is difficult not to understand.
Does God mandate compliance to the government?
It is in the nature of human beings not to obey authority, so declaring oneself a rebel is about as momentous as a duck declaring it can swim. One can cherry pick verses out of the Bible and find a verse to substantiate anything. Does it not say in Samuel that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness as the sin of idolatry? Our revolutionary fathers must have been some very bad people to rebel.
People pontificate all the time about not paying their taxes to the government and many fail to pay their due to the IRS citing all types of ills the government may be doing with funds that are collected. What does the Bible say about THAT? Surely it is noble not to allow your money to go to funding war.
Those not paying taxes to America are violating the word of God. The Bible says to submit yourself to civil authorities and to follow the law of the land. So not only is one rebelling against the government by not paying taxing, they are also rebelling against the word of God. Government officials will answer to God to what they do with the funds that are not used properly under the banner of “to whom much is given, much is required.”
There is a purpose to why some countries are raised up while others are pulled down and it is not for us to have total understanding of what role a country plays under God’s authority. God throughout history has used countries to execute His will for a season.
Restricting prayer, worship, or the practice of religion by edicts from the government or corrupt local officials has already been addressed as a model by Daniel and followers of Christ in both the Old and New Testament. Daniel ignored the law of the king and continued with his religious practices. The Hebrew children refused to comply to a law compromising God’s word. It becomes a matter of personal conviction if somebody is willing to pay the price. There is a price for doing something and a price for doing nothing.
Persecution in many forms will result if somebody does not compromise to what an intruding government may do in America or anywhere else. Following a government declaration deemed lawful by the government that violates the law of God will not be excused concerning justice and judgment either by the government or the person complying with a law that mandates compliance. The consequences of breaking God’s law as a result of following a government law are not excused by God. That is a tough assignment.
Unjust punishment does result when the law of God is followed when it conflicts with what the government declares. There is nothing new under the sun concerning persecution of those wishing a righteous standing with God. Every believer will face sanctions, some even going to their deaths when one violates government standards concerning the practice of religion.
Gee, do you have to pay of fine or lose your job? Persecution separates the pretenders from the contenders. It will reveal where your faith really is.http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/christians-flee-isis-rule-northern-iraq-amid-persecution-n200181
Religious freedom is being circumvented in this country through poorly conceived legislation, corrupt judicial rulings, and enemies of religion intimidating ignorant or weak willed civil authorities into allowing the attacks against religion to stand.http://www.christianpost.com/news/rick-santorum-on-why-we-may-be-one-generation-away-from-christian-persecution-in-america-128876/
Regardless of what the government does or does not do regarding religious freedom, the ultimate responsibility to submit or resist religious restrictions rests with each individual the injustice is directed.
The word compromise is just not in the word of God.