Here I show different examples from around the Bible on God fearing men, including Jesus who is God and man, who were not afraid to stand up to government authority, when they clearly go against/disobey God.
Another example is when Daniel continues to pray in Daniel 6, after a law to stop prayer was passed.
When laws are passed to stop you from worshiping God and following him or even when government does something that goes against basic freedoms, will you have the courage to stand up to authority?
How about criticism of politicans such as what John the Baptist did? Slowly our freedoms on free speech in the U.S. are being taken away. Such as President Obama's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act in 2011, which in Section 1021 is about pertaining to indefinite detention of citizens without trial. Prison without a defense? What kind of sense does this make? It's one of the worse things signed in American history.
Most Americans don't know this has passed, because it got almost no attention from the media. This should make everyone get upset. Especially liberals since they love free speech so much. They should feel betrayed that the president they seemed to honor so much has signed this nonsense in the name of American security! Since 9/11 happened, other anti-freedom laws have been passed in the name of "security" all because of so called fear of terrorists. But these laws were really intended to keep Americans under control and to take away our freedoms.
Learn more about NDAA here: [link] Thankfully Chris Hedges, one of my favorite authors (even though I don't agree with all he believes in) is fighting against Obama in court to overturn this law.
I may actually do an art piece on NDAA in the future, to show my dissaproval of it.
So when your government tells you to obey something that clearly goes against what the Bible teaches, takes away your rights; especially in helping people, shuts down your business all because of your beliefs among other things, will you give in? Or actually defend yourself for God like many Christians have done?
Looking forward to your comments.
What's so strange about it? It's kind of similar to what Abolitionists did before and during the Civil War, actually. Also, referring to the first amendment, when it says Congress shall make no law in favor of or hostility towards a religion, shouldn't it be our right to follow our faith without fear of the government forcing us away from our practices? If you would indulge me that comparison, I think it would help make some sense of it. Maybe.
Not being mean, just trying to help you understand this. (I know, I have been a bit of a jerk in the past, and I do regret that.)
What do you think: Is giving your full-time employees birth control coverage against Christian values?
But I know of women who take birth control to control other things such as headaches and other things that are not birth related since that medicine is more effective for that?
Chris Hedges writes books and has a column every Monday on Truthdig.com. He's somewhat of a liberal Christian I think. Though he has clearly said on video that he doesn't believe in a personal relationship with Jesus and that theres no evidence of Jesus existing. The main reasons I like his writings and speeches is that his critiques on culture and the world are mostly pretty accurate. Though there are some exceptions.
My favorite book by him so far is Empire Of Illusion, which looks at how American's in general like to get lost in their own illusions of fantasy. Where he goes into American's obsession with celeberity culture and reality shows, the porn industry, how our colleges don't really prepare critical thinking students, America's fasination with positive psychology and finally how America is failing as a country and how it's lost its former glory. I really recommend this book.