Summary: Christian soldiers discipline themselves for spiritual warfare by "drawing the line" in smaller battles.
Sacrifices Required to “Obey God Rather Than Man”
Grant S. Sisson
Written April 30th, 2010
I have always been so very proud to be an American. I remember the day I was first eligible to vote. I have participated in many elections over the course of my lifetime. I have never missed a major election, save once – when Edwin Edwards and David Duke ran against one another for the governorship of Louisiana. I abstained from that one, because both candidates were so completely disgusting, morally and ethically.
But in that I am just saying that I have always been a proud citizen, proud that my country has always stood for the cause of human rights and has always been ready to make whatever sacrifice was necessary to further the cause of freedom. Protections against oppression are even written into our basic legal documents – “The government shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, NOR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERSIZE THEREOF.” Combined with our Constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion, we seemed to be protected legally. In fact, our Forefathers were so concerned that some future tyrant might attempt to oppress the people that they wrote into the Constitution the Second Amendment – the right to keep and bear arms – so that we, the people, would have the power to throw off anyone who might attempt to oppress us. These things are to be proud of.
It is built into the American psyche for at least four hundred years to fight for what’s right, to keep on keeping on, to outlast our enemies for the sake of our children, even to die for our right to be free. Patrick Henry said it best: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”
[Patrick Henry also said, “Fear is the passion of slaves” (think of that one in context of the health care “debate”).]
Civil disobedience is a part of our heritage. From the Boston Tea Party, to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s, to the Tea Party movement of today, we as a people have demonstrated that we will take a stand for what’s right, even in the face of being charged with violations of the law. Mohatma Ghandi’s entire career was based on peaceful challenge of immoral law. More than that, civil disobedience is a part of our Christian heritage. What did Paul and Silas say when ordered by the civil authorities not to speak in Jesus’ name? “Give me liberty or give me death”? No, even more to the point than that. “We ought to obey God rather than man.” And that one sentence, which resonates down through the ages and speaks to us at this time in American history, establishes a basic Christian doctrine; while we are to respect and obey our rulers, when they violate God’s law we are to peacefully resist at whatever cost – even that of our very lives.