October 5, 2013
Is it right and proper to speak against the Obama government?
It may help to know the hierarchy of authority under which our nation is governed. God created man. Men created the states. Elected representatives, delegates, from the several states, created the federal government.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. AMENDMENT 10
Our line of authority is, from top to bottom, God, the People, the States, and finally federal government.
Federal government officially went into business in 1789 when the first Congress convened and George Washington took office.
In 1791 the Bill of Rights that acknowledges our natural rights (God-given rights) went into effect.
Within the structure of the Constitution lies evidence of the hierarchy I describe.
Article 1 establishes the Legislative Branch – our elected representatives, the Congress.
Article 2 establishes the Executive Branch – the presidency
Article 3 establishes the Judicial Branch.
In an organization, how do you know the person in charge, the boss? It’s the person who can fire you.
A president or vice president can be “removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”. In other words, Congress can fire the president.
Congress can, and has, fired federal judges who are constitutionally allowed to keep their offices “during good Behaviour”. Congress can fire a justice for just about any reason they choose.
Obvious to most casual reader: Congress is superior to the other two branches of government.
We the People hold power over the Congress. God holds power over the people.
When government is contrary to the Word of God, the Will of God, we refer to what Peter and all the apostles said DIRECTLY to unjust government in Acts 5:29.
“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”
You may consider Proverbs 27:5 a bit of a stretch. This is what is says:
“Better open rebuke than hidden love.”
The preceding proverb does not exclude any person.
Based on all I know and the conviction in my heart, we are obligated to openly rebuke ungodly government.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. AMENDMENT 1
Is it sin to speak against tyrannical government? No. On the contrary, it’s sin to remain silent.