Who Is Supreme, Government or God?

Posted by Larry Miller on October 9, 2011 under Why | Be the First to Comment

Declaration of IndependenceMany are upset, and rightly so, about the current regime forcing acceptance of active homosexuals within the ranks of our military. The same regime would really like to find a way to force all states to recognize same sex marriages that are sanctioned by a handful of states that have rejected the traditional, biblical view of the institution. There is a feeling by many that this rejection is primarily because the traditional view IS the biblical view.

However, we need to consider what these actions really mean… and what they do not mean. These actions are simply a reflection of the predominant thinking of a small segment of our society seeking to impose their values on the rest of us. It is not any indication of the right or wrong of the such a position. It does, however, expose the citizens to the consequences of this corporate tolerance of behavior that our Creator rejects in no uncertain terms.

As early as the third book of the Bible, Leviticus, chapter 18, we see, “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.” Some say that is an Old Testament concept, that the New Testament preaches a concept of freedom. Yet Romans 1 says, “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

Those who tell us something other than that are preaching another gospel. They may have the ability to force their view upon our country for a time, but be assured, it is only their wishful opinion and it does not come from above. It is at this time that we need to look at something the founders of this great country knew. Our Declaration of Independence contains these words:

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.

What we see here is that the founders were setting up a government that recognized the rights we, as human beings, not just Americans, have and where they come from. It says we have them as an endowment from our creator. He created us to be free. This founding document is only recognizing them, not granting them.

It is when governments put themselves in the business of creating and granting new, discovered, rights, like the right to kill your offspring, or the right to things that others have worked for, or the right to practices that led to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, that trouble arises.

What is our response to such an over stepping of the authority by those who have been entrusted with our leadership and safety? We may have to regard some of the legalities, but we do not have to accept their definition of right and wrong. We do not have to live our lives according to their distorted world view.

Among other things, we need to understand the difference between legal vs. illegal and right vs. wrong. We would love to live in a world where there was there was a correspondence between right and legal. Unfortunately, such is not the case. Our betters would want us to adjust our values to align with what they have determined to be the standards of the days.

For the Christian, this is not an option. We can only hold true to the things we know to be right. We must stand for these things, even if it brings us into conflict with our government. We have to consider the long term consequences of such a decision, even if it brings about short term hardship. We know in our hearts that there is a power greater than Washington DC, and it is not China. We need to know that there is someone who cares about us more than the President, and it isn’t one of the writers at the New York Times.

The issue of marriage is only one of the many points of conflict. Ultimately there is only right and wrong. Our future depends on which side we are on.

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