Should Christians Resist Tyranny?
Updated: Jun 16, 2020
In my other post discussing Submission to Authority & Romans 13 I briefly discussed the Christian role living under secular government. In short, Christians should fear God and obey His commands rather than submit to anti-Christian demands of an unbelieving and wicked government authority. In this post I'll answer the question of actively resisting tyranny.
So should Christians actively resist tyranny specifically as it relates to California's wicked governor Newsom's unconstitutional orders? Not only should Christians be standing up for their right to attend church and worship God with fellow believers, they should be boldly doing it as a unified front. It is a bizarre 20th Century American phenomenon for Christians to be so passive and willing to compromise their faith because of government demands.
In fact, if anyone should be protesting and writing letters to state officials it should be Christians that want to follow God rather than men, whose conviction compels them to stand up for righteousness and against evil (Ephesians 5:11; Romans 12:9).
How many people come to know Christ through churches? How many people get baptized in churches? The church is absolutely essential to spreading the gospel and saving souls for Jesus Christ.
And this is just what we're seeing. At the protests I have been to with my "Church is Essential" sign, most of the people there are Christians. Prayer huddles have started happening regularly at Huntington Beach as well.
Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
- Psalm 97:10
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
- Proverbs 8:13
We see tyranny and oppression resisted throughout the Bible. Some notable examples:
Moses and the Egyptian - Exodus 2:11-12
The midwives in Egypt - Exodus 1:17
Esther going before the King - Esther 4:14
Rahab and the spies - Joshua 2:15-16
Jesus' preaching and healing throughout the Gospels
Spreading the Gospel - Acts 4:18-19; Acts 5:29
Samson and the Philistines - Judges 14-16
In all of the above example (there are many more) Scripture praises the people for doing the right thing before God.