I don’t know about you, but I am trying to understand everything in the Bible. Some of the time it has caused me to be at odds to my Christian brothers. I have determined to believe the Bible and it alone so when I find myself at odds I can not stay in the truth and still agree with others. The Forth of July is such a time. Before you begin to throw rocks please hear me out.
Romans 13:1&2 says, (NIV) “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.”
- Did the Founding Fathers have a governing authority?
- Did God establish that authority?
- By rebelling against that authority, did the Founding Fathers rebel against what God had instituted?
- If we celebrate the Fourth of July aren’t we celebrating rebellion against God?
I hear it said that God gave us this Government, but I don’t understand why He caused the Founding Fathers to rebel against Him to instate it. I also have a hard time understanding why He would want a system of government established where men chose their own authorities. If this is truly a Christian Country then why was it formed in rebellion to God?
It amazes most who think that this is a Christian Country that most of the Founding Fathers lost everything they had, but it does not amaze me (“and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves”).
I have noticed two things about people in my life. One is people believe what they want to believe and the facts are only there to be twisted to support their beliefs. Number two is, if you say something that is against their beliefs they immediately go into a defensive mode and only consider their own view, which makes it difficult for them to understand an opposing view. Let me apologize in advance for causing anyone to make either of these two errors. (Yes I will try not to make them myself)
I must add that if you think you can convince your pastor of this don’t even try. He is probably wise enough to realize it would divide the congregation and none of us want that. I see the truth, so I do not go to Church around the Fourth and I have found it does little good to try to convince anyone that this country was formed in rebellion to God. Even those I admire the most will not accept it.