those of you who know me, you know that the reason for my struggle is not due to
lack of opinion. Nor is it through lack of interest. My blog is to be “current
political events through the eyes of Biblical scripture.” Do I have a
theological degree? No, but I do study the Bible, and as Paul said to the
Romans, “Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” And I am.
Each day as I read the headlines, I strive to read them with the
understanding that Jesus Christ would have me appreciate. Now, I do have a
predicament; I tend to have a satirical tongue. The dictionary defines
satirical: using wit, especially irony, sarcasm, and ridicule, to
criticize faults, particularly in the arts or politics. Although some will say
my satire uses sarcasm and ridicule, I prefer to think I am witty.
Today, for example, I read “Homeschoolers can't be taught 'gay' sex sinful.”
The story was from our northern neighbor, Canada. After posting the story on my
facebook page, I typed the comment, “But to my silent friends, don't worry. It
would never happen here...well, maybe it would, but won't that be a great
opportunity to show your children how we must submit to our government...with
silence.” As a now “retired” home-schooling mom (both my children are in their
twenties), any news story on the subject of home-schooling is of interest to me.
I am well aware of the dangers that totalitarian governments can have for the
home-schooling family; it is illegal to home-school in much of Europe, resulting
in removal of children from the parental home. While it is true that there are
many motivations to home-school, most people cite religious and moral reasons.
Christians believe that home-schooling is a perfect vehicle to pass values and
traditions to their children and teach them about Jesus Christ. Yet, the
home-schooling community of which I am familiar is largely silent to government
tyranny in general. Why? Will they also be silent when it intrudes on an issue
so important to their very existence? Perhaps so.
The explanation to avoid criticism of governmental oppression (which has been
increasing exponentially in recent years) is Romans 13:1 “Let every soul be
subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers
that be are ordained of God.” The interpretation of some is that we are to have
no dissent with our governmental leaders because, according to them, God gave us
the leaders he wants us to have.
Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put
darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet
In the early twentieth century, as Hitler rose to power in Germany, some
Christians submitted to his evil authority as he rounded up and exterminated
millions. Many of those who did not submit were eventually killed. Which group
of Christians pleased God?
I believe that God gave us the leaders, not that he WANTS for us, but,
rather, that we deserve. He did it in Israel, giving them Saul as their first
earthly king (1Samuel 8:6-9:17) Although it grieved Him that He had been
rejected by Israel, He gave them what they asked for--what they deserved. And
He did it in America. Barack Obama is our Saul. We deserve Barack Obama
because we were silent--as prayer was taken out of public schools, as the value
of life was diminished in the name of choice, as morality was destroyed for the
benefit of desire. America remained silent. Rejecting the Christian foundation
given to us by our Founding Fathers, a new leader was desired. One who would
bring “change.” One who believed, “…where we once were, we are no longer a
1Samuel 8:18 "And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye
shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.”
But I do not hear them crying out; they are silent. And silence is consent.
The avoidance of the responsibility by Christians to be salt and light in
a dark and dying world has contributed, if not caused, this rapid
deterioration of our culture. If their silence is due to “being fully persuaded in their mind” that they
should submit to the authorities, no matter how unbiblical the edicts become,
then, who am I to say they are wrong? But if their silence is due to political
correctness or apathy or cowardice, leading to a convenient interpretation, then
they should be ashamed. Only the Christian who remains silent knows his true motivation--only he and God.
Speaking boldly with the love of Jesus Christ,