Authority Under Fire – Rebels In The Camp

On the evening of July 7, 2016, four Dallas police officers and one DART transit officer were murdered in cold blood by two snipers  shooting from an elevated parking garage. According to WFAA News, “Eleven officers in all were shot by gunmen in what police believe to be a coordinated ambush attack that began at 8:58 p.m., at the close of a rally in solidarity with two men killed in officer-involved shootings, one in Louisiana, one in Minnesota.”

What’s going on with our fellow citizens? Cops killing citizens. Citizens attacking and killing cops.

lawlessness - Mark Levin

Some attribute the violence to anger, others to black men who grew up fatherless. Some say police officers fail to secure the rights of citizens. Still, others attribute nationwide lawlessness at the feet of a Democrat president who himself refuses to follow the rule of law. Which is correct? Perhaps all.

What I see is a rebellion against authority, and this begs the question, “What is the meaning of the word authority?”.

Dictionary definitions include:

  • the right, power, or ability to control, command, or decide
  • power to influence or command thought, opinion, or behavior
  • an accepted source of information, advice, etc.

So, who decides who is and who is not a governmental authority? There is only one source of authority: God. Romans 13:1 says, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”

Romans 13:4 explains the role of law enforcement officers, judges and prosecutors: “The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course, you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong.”

To rebel against lawful authority is to rebel against God himself, not a good place to be.

The principle of divine authority applies in all situations; the principle of rebellion, also.

Government officials, including law enforcement officers, administrators, elected officials and even presidents who do not follow the rule of law are rebels.

How are we to deal with a corrupted government? The due process clause of the fourteenth amendment, section 1 states: “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Therefore, the agents of the government who deny due process of law rebel against God’s authority as do those persons who break the law.

A despotic president occupies the White House. Our U.S. Attorney General refuses to prosecute “wickedness in high places” and the director of the FBI shamelessly says privileged individuals who have indisputably committed high crimes did not do so intentionally.

As Mark Levin says of despotism, “It gets worse; it doesn’t get better.”

What’s the cure? The cure cannot be found in a political party. There is only one possible cure: national repentance, from top to bottom. Let’s seek God with all our hearts. Pray for those who have the rule over you so you can lead quiet and peaceful lives. When peace comes, give no man credit, but acknowledge the Author of Life, our top authority, the Living God for being merciful to us.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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