A Duty to Disobey?

Obedience, and the yielding of our will to our Creator and to those He puts in authority above us, are important points made in many places in scripture.

Perhaps the majority of believers are not ignorant of the fact that we are called to be servants, and to behave as such. Without question, it is not justified that we ever rebel against Him, or what He asks of us.

Is there a time when it is appropriate in His eyes to be a rebel though?

Children are not to be rebels against their parents, nor are youths to rebel against their elders – but what do we do when it comes to a national leader and a government that practices evil?

Not long ago I read an article by a pastor who addressed the recent passing of the socialized healthcare.

He questioned to those reading – should believers refuse to pay for mandatory health care, or taxes which provide for it, if those funds would be used to pay for abortions?

His answer to his own question gave me a sick feeling.

He answered that it is a believer’s duty to pay taxes and submit to mandatory healthcare anyway, and that believers are not obligated to refuse, because it is a government mandate.

Believers are to be in submission to their government, he said.

Perhaps the prophet Daniel would disagree with him. Daniel was ordered to bow before an idol by the king, but he preferred to be thrown into an oven rather than submit to the evil command of the ruler of the land.

If today’s believers really see abortion as something they can support because government mandated it, i wonder if these same might bow before any other idol which they are commanded to as well.

Can we say it is better to submit to government no matter what – rather than stand for what is right no matter what?

If a government agent should come to a believer’s door with a young pregnant woman, and demand that believer pay for her abortion or be in violation of federal law – would that make this situation different?

All know what a risk it is to take to decide to defy the federal income tax system, or to defy anything which the government holds as being mandatory, even if it is an illegal mandate.

Perhaps it is likely that fear has quite a bit to do with why many have trouble thinking about these things in the way that the Creator might view them.

He does not want us to be in fear of anyone but Him, and perhaps we do not have to guess what He feels about abortion in general.

The healthcare issue has not been the only, and will not be the last, law or mandate by government that will try to force His people to choose between doing what is right or doing what government wishes.

Perhaps people should even ask themselves what it means when they give in to what they consider small invasions – like cameras in bathrooms and scanners which take pictures of naked bodies.

It is not always about what inconvenience it seems to be to you, it is about how every person willing to comply with such things only makes it easier for these measures to become worse, and enforced more brutally upon your countrymen.

It seems to me, when there are so many who will not take the small steps of refusing to obey what evil commands them to do, that there must surely be a multitude who would not be willing to refuse Antichrist when it means their lives.

I am surely not someone in favor of an armed rebellion, or violence which is not immediately related to defending one’s own life or the life of someone else, but don’t people, at times, have a duty to disobey?

Maybe i have no good answers for those out there who feel that they are not able to get themselves away from a system on which they depend and their families depend, but perhaps this is the time to think about these things and seek His answer.

We all must leave Babylon in some time and in some way, yes? Either by small steps or by a great leap of faith.

I do know this though – He is sufficient for all things in all situations.

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