I have been reading a lot of negative posts on this blog with respect to the Bible's take on liberty. In particular, I have been amused by the numerous arguments made over Romans chapter 13. From what I glean of the conversation, the "secular nationalists" like Rowe, Hart and Frazer insist that the Bible refutes any type of rebellion against one's government.
This is not so. Such a belief reveals a lack of understanding of the Bible itself.
Proverbs 14:34 states that "Righteousness exalts a nation." Well, righteousness comes from national politics that are enacted. And as Proverbs 29:2 states, "When the righteous rule, the people rejoice...when the wicked rule, the people groan."
For those who have a proper perspective of the Bible, you will easily take note of how David, Joshua, Moses and many others rebelled against their leaders in an effort to secure liberty for their people. Yet, those like Rowe, Hart and Frazer still rely on one single chapter in the Bible to prove their theory. Do the math people. Is one chapter or SEVERAL books provide the conclusive evidence?
If you will note, Paul talks in the earlier chapter (Romans 12) that the followers of Christ were to purify themselves from all evil. Paul exhorts them to become "living sacrifices." Romans 13 is simply an extension of this. Paul is not saying that we should NEVER rebel against a wicked ruler, but to submit ourselves as "living sacrifices." In other words, submitting to the Lord's will. There is a time and a place for rebellion. For Paul and the other followers of Christ, this was not one of those times.
And we should also not forget that Paul could see the impending danger of the time. Christianity was but a small (but fast growing) group. To rebel at that moment would have spelled suicide. There would be other fights to wage.
Jesus himself demonstrated a rebellion to wicked leaders. His ability to put the Pharisees and the Sanhedrin in their place demonstrates that even Jesus refused to heed to a wicked government. As he stated, "My kingdom is not of this earth."
I strongly urge the readers of this blog to do your own homework and not simply heed to those of little to no Bible knowledge. The Bible contains what you need to know, as the founders themselves realized. This is how the true inspiration for this nation was conceived...not by some "theistic rational" nonsense.