By Michael V. Wilson
We live in a country that, from a historical point of view, is very strange. What do I mean by that? I mean, it's the first country in the world founded on the idea that We the People are the governing authority.
Many of the ideas contained in our Declaration of Independence and our matchless Constitution were derived from the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, but even ancient Israel was never founded on the principle that the people themselves were the governing earthly authority.
America was the first country in history to begin with the people creating the government instead of a king, dictator, or conqueror. God's principles and precepts were involved and became the bedrock for our nation, but with We the People as the worldly authority rather than a king.
You can see it for yourself in our Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. [emphasis added]
The italicized words, “it is the Right of the People”, were a novel, indeed, a radical idea, in the world, then and still today. Prior to the founding of the United States only kings and nobles had rights. This same radical concept is also found in the Preamble to the Constitution itself.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. [emphasis added]
It starts with We the People! How profound and revealing is that? And what are We the People setting out to accomplish? You can read it yourself above, it's all there, and I guarantee, not once does it say we're setting out to create a formidable, over-arching government answerable to no one but itself, dominating everything we do and say.
So, what does all this have to do with resisting God? Glad ya asked!
Romans 13:1-2 says;
1Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
2Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
The United States of America is a Constitutional Republic (not a democracy, but that's a discussion for another day) and as such, the “governing authority” in America is, you guessed it, We the People. And since We the People are the authority, it means, according to Romans 13, that we were appointed by God, and whoever resists our authority is resisting the ordinance of God. QED.
That “whoever” includes the government by the way. In other types of nations people are instructed – by God – not to resist the government because then they're resisting God, but that street goes both ways; when the shoe is on the other foot, when We the People are the governing authority, the government is instructed – by God – not to resist us because then it's resisting God.
This is one of the reasons Christians, Conservatives, and Republicans (three separate groups that sometimes overlap) experience an immediate sense of anger and betrayal when the Mafia Media support willful politicians who want to grab our guns, tell us who we “have” to serve in our wedding venues, change millennia old definitions of male and female, arrest us for “hate speech” for daring to stand up for our God-given rights, and a whole host of other outrages and insults.
We instinctively know they're violating God's order for the universe. Perhaps we don't always know how to put it into words but that deep abiding sense of wrongness is there and won't let go.
Too often Christians use Romans 13 as an excuse not to get involved in the “down and dirty” of politics, and admittedly, politics very often is dirty. No doubt about it. But since our Constitution names We the People as the governing authority, then by the very fact of being United States citizens we're part and parcel of politics by definition.
Therefore we not only can, but actually are appointed by God to govern our nation.
Christians, we need to stand up and declare with one voice, “We're in charge of this nation because we're on God's side and because we have the numbers and the votes to make the decisions. If you resist us you're resisting the ordinance of God.”
We need to make that public declaration and make it stick.