I was recently asked by a friend on Facebook to respond to this statement…
The Christian faith and our beliefs have been under attack ever since Obama took office.
Your thoughts Darrell? During the revolutionary war, the pastors in the pulpit not only preached but took up arms to fight for Liberty and the freedom of faith…never has the christian faith or our liberties been under attack since Obama took office..Yet the christian leaders are silent????? The unrighteous are successful only when the righteous keep silent…The pastors of today could learn from the old…
Here is my answer. It is a little drawn out, but indulge me please….
Romans 13:1-2 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
When the laws interfere with the rights of conscience; when they command false worship or interfere with our freedom to worship, or any moral wrong, then it is our duty to refuse submission and we can freely rebel against those in authority over us, including the president and/or congress.
Then you might ask; If the president be an immoral or recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources, and does he not prove worthy of his high office, and should he not be removed? My answer is no. If the president is ruling according to the constitution, nothing can justify rebellion against the authority given him by God and voted on by the people. He can be immoral in his own private life; he can be an immoral man, and even disgrace himself by an improper conduct, like Bill Clinton did: but if he presides over these United States according to the law; and does not violate the constitution, he does not break the contract between him and the people; there is no legal ground to oppose to his civil authority as shown in Romans 13:1-2. If we rebel openly against that authority it is not only rebellion but is unlawful and absolutely sinful.
Now if the president and/or congress attempt to change the constitution, and/or to rule contrary to law, then they dissolve the contract between themselves and the people of these United States. This is my opinion makes their authority no longer binding, and illegal. The reason being is they are committing acts that are contrary to the laws of our constitution, according to which by their oath of office, they swore to obey and uphold. Conduct of this kind is then justifiable to be opposed as they govern. Our leaders are accountable to the people for their political conduct, but for their moral conduct they are accountable to God, their own consciences, and the men and women of God under their government. Even as men of God spoke out against immorality in God’s word, it is our duty as children of the living God to speak out against immorality in the world, this includes our own church and also includes our government. In doing so we are to be reminded however that they have been placed in authority by God and should respect the authority of their office and be in submission to the law.
The powers that be through our elected officials are ordained of God. It is of his ordination and appointment. The several forms of government are of human creation, but government itself is an order of God. There may be men in power who abuse the power that is entrusted in them, even they are by divine permission.
God created government to be under His divine jurisdiction, and there is no other power but God. He is the foundation of all power and authority; he has power over man and all creation. It is the God of heaven that sets up presidents and rulers, and it is God that takes them down; he is the King of kings, and the Lord of Lords, from whom all leaders receive their authority. It is God that gives them to right to govern, it is by him that men of power sit in office and rule.
So my answer to your question is, we as men and women of God should ALWAYS speak up and not be silent about our faith in god, but in doing so respect the authority of the office of our leaders. I am very conservative and right wing and did not personally vote for Obama. I do however respect him as my president and respect the authority according to Romans given him by God. Having the freedom of speech that we do, men of God with positions to speak out should never remain silent if directed by God to speak. They should be reminded however that it is their main and primary objective to Shepard the and lead the lost to Christ. If the Body of Christ feels that the christian faith and civil liberties been under attack they should speak out.
With the power of the internet every believer has the power to make their voice heard across the world, and millions of Christian shouting out in unity is far more powerful than a few men or women of God on a soapbox.
Here in America we should remember that it is “We the People” and we have the proper civil discourse to vote someone out of office when their term is up if we disagree with their policies, all the while remembering to respect the authority that God has place in the office of the government and the presidency.