God leaves the selection or election of kings and magistrates and the administrative details of civil government to the people or to their representatives. The king becomes king, the magistrate takes his office, when he swears a covenantal oath to...
Thomson, IL (PRWEB) May 27, 2013
With the unrest in the Middle East today (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/egypt/index.html), author Bill Heid takes on the timely topic of revolutions. In his latest article, The Right of Revolution, Heid examines political revolutions from a biblical standpoint and asserts that right and just revolutions occur only under certain circumstances and in very specific ways.
Heid begins with an account of a biblical revolution. Queen Athaliah had seized control after the death of her son the king by killing all the male heirs, except Joash who had been rescued, and tried to turn the kingdom of Judah away from God and toward the worship of the false god Baal. Joash was raised secretly in the Temple and when he turned seven the high priest anointed him king after consulting with the heads of the Levites and the palace guard. When Athaliah tried to interrupt the ceremony she was killed.
Heid defines this revolution as appropriate for several reasons. He remarks that though God gives authority to civil magistrates, “God leaves the selection or election of kings and magistrates and the administrative details of civil government to the people or to their representatives. The king becomes king, the magistrate takes his office, when he swears a covenantal oath to protect and serve the people in terms of God’s law.” Though such covenants encompass a certain amount of grace, a true breach from either party results in its nullification and releases the injured party from its part of the agreement. Since Athaliah was a tyrant, this revolution was just and appropriate.
Heid summarizes that in a just rebellion, “1) The people may lawfully depose a tyrant. 2) They must first try every lawful means at hand to end his tyranny. 3) The people must work through and under the authority of ‘lower officers and representatives of the government.’” Following these steps ensures that the covenant is not broken lightly and is done so correctly which allows the new authority to take power without the looming shadow of injustice.
He concludes that “As Americans, we find it easy to justify any sort of violence or revolution that takes out the bad guys. As Christians, we find it easy to justify complete submission to the worst sorts of tyranny and despotism. But the law of God enshrines neither human weakness, but demands a loyalty to God and His holiness rather than to our own economical or psychological comforts… There is never a time… for assassination, terrorism, and anarchy. The law demands that it be enforced… lawfully.”
Bill Heid is the radio co-host of Off The Grid News, and independent organization devoted to providing practical information about living today and in light of the challenges of the future. He and his news team look for the truth beneath the facts of the top news stories and how they will affect your life.