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Romans 13 Truth by ArtNGame215 Romans 13 Truth by ArtNGame215
Many Christians completely misunderstand Romans 13 and feel we should always submit to our government no matter what. Especially Americans because they feel that the U.S. is a Christian nation and that much of it's politicians, especially those in the Republican party are good God fearing Christians. Which is usually not true. Christians will continue following their government even when they are clearly corrupt and mistreat people or even go against God, all because of a misunderstanding of Romans 13 and that they don't want to question what their government does. As though all they do is for the greater good.

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.
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Graeystone Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
Its like this - As long as the Laws of the Land do not conflict/replace God's Law then its not a problem BUT if a Law of the Land is counter to God's Law then a believer has to make the choice of who to follow - The Law of the Land or God's Law.
Daniel chose to follow God's Law over the Law of the Land when the Law of the Land started to conflict with God's Law.
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ladyblackbird13 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
*reads the first Panel* Uhmmm...
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Vontage116 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015   General Artist
Love
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Exodvs Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
So a nation founded primarily by deists that has never had an official religion that does all it can to censor Christianity constitutes a Christian nation?
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MetaKnight964 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
A lot of the founding fathers weren't deists, deists don't believe God intervenes and live a lot like atheists.
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Exodvs Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
A lot weren't. Many were, though.
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I never said the U.S. was a Christian nation and I even wrote a blog on it.
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Exodvs Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I know. I was just pointing out that sort of strawman.
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FCU777 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thanks for posting this
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Toona11 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Hello everyone viewing anti NDAA art. An important recent petition just started against NDAA's SEC1021 in the Hedges VS Obama calling upon the higher federal courts to rule this provision UNCONSTITUTIONAL!! Please show your support, sign it and spread the word around about this important petition.

[link]
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Gurt-B-Froe Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Amen and amen! This is what people should know!
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Penguinton Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amen to this!
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Totally-dead Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I find this... strange.

Very strange.
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ZacharyTC Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

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.)

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Totally-dead Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is not why I see it as strange.
Your point I find frankly stupid, and incredibly dangerous. The last thing we need is some Bible literalist, with barely an inch of real education to his name, stoning people to death for breaking a commandment.

Practices have to take into account the wider society that they may affect. I do not care if this involves how you guide your own behavior in the case this affects no one elses rights, but if you are going to start attempting to force members, your families(whether they follow your practice or not), and non-members into following your ideals(I am thinking of abortion, gay marriage and a number of others), then expect governments to force you to stop such practices that push beyond your reasonable boundaries. Despite the fact that they sometimes don`t.
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ZacharyTC Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Dude, we don't go with the legal side of the old law, anymore (in case you haven't noticed). And many of us are against forcing our beliefs and practices on others, anyway. The reason: What Jesus himself says. "For those who have ears, let them hear." It kind of suggests that if someone wants to listen to the gospel, they are welcome to, and if not, to just not force it.
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Totally-dead Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I never said YOU did. But your premise is dangerous because someone else might.

But you(or others belonging to your religion) do attempt to force things that are highly immoral on the rest of us quite frequently. 

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ZacharyTC Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I see your point. :shrug: The New Apostolic Movement is pretty wacko (and they ignore some key things Yeshua (Jesus) himself, and even some old testament prophets, said). I'm not sure what extent they take it, but what I already know about false preachers among them (well, the one I more the most about from that movement is Cindy Jacobs) is rather disgusting. I mean, I am part Choctaw, and I feel very offended by the idea of her demanding that I repent for the sins of my Choctaw ancestors. Apparently, she forgets Ezekiel 18:20. Even then, it's pretty infuriating.
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amen-no-suomynona Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you... Just thank you.... Not many know the true meaning of Romans 13... Along with other Bible verses...
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to help people understand. :)
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Euphreana Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
This one doesn't quite have the same punch/'followability' of a lot of your other comics and the heavy lineart makes the pictures tricky to read, but otherwise, not bad. :)
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InGodzHandz Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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FunnyWolfie Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait, are you telling me there's a place beyond this magical screen? :iconnowaiiplz:
In all honestly, this is true. Thanks for displaying.
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Xiao-Fury Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We Christians are tested daily, but now is truly the time for us American Christians to stand up for our rights.
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree. Remember those videos I sent you? Especially in Part 2? I rewatched them recently and am reminded on how soon Christians may have their right to free speech and running businesses taken away.
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Tuishimi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
We had a similar discussion not long ago in our religion in government class... (I forget the exact title of the class). It seems pretty grim at times.
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Xiao-Fury Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's coming sooner than we think. Persecution of overseas saints has already worsen. American Christians are about to receive a rude awakening. Maybe this will in return snap some life into American Christians who have been living a double life.
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DiverseCitizen Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Writer
I surely hope so....
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Budgiegirl Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good point.
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sasukeongofreak Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. Exactly!
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BlackyKyurem Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ArtNGame, you always teach valuable lessons, you're a joy and a Blessing for all of us
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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WanderingClueless Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly America is going down the toliet as time progreses. : (
Obama is not helping. :iconyoukiddingmeplz:
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tiger002 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It is important to obey governments. It's more important to obey God. I think you summed that up nicely here.
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Zerg620 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
ObamaCare: Many Hobby Lobby stores could close down because they refuse to cover birth control pills, putting hundreds or thousands of people jobless. I actually drew a political cartoon depicting Obama as a king as if the store refuses to give full-time employees coverage over birth control, they will be fined everyday. Here's the link to the deviation [link].

What do you think: Is giving your full-time employees birth control coverage against Christian values?
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't really see a problem with birth control so far with married couples since maybe they don't want have a baby yet, or no money to raise one, but they want to enjoy their sexual life with each other without worrying about pregnancy, because they still love each other very much?

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?
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Tuishimi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
There is a simpler form of birth control.
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Zerg620 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Well, Hobby Lobby believes that ObamaCare is forcing them to do something against their beliefs as a Christian company.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it's no wonder then the Founders claimed that Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Makes sense since England wouldn't leave them alone and wanted them to stay loyal to their King, even when thousands of miles away.
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SingABrightSong Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Eh, it was more Parliament than the King. Even then, the Monarch was not an absolute ruler.
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nlmchaos12 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I've never heard of Chris Hedges. What does he write? And by the way, are you useing new tools? Your ink strokes looks different. Or is it my imagination?
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I used mostly a brush dipped in India ink to get these strokes and lines, since thats what I wanted.

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.
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Araitsume Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
A gem that has been frequently trod upon and ignored far too often.
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