No, It Is Not Un-Scriptural to Speak Out

Mario Murillo wrote an article about Christian attitudes towards speaking out against authority. A link to his full article can be found at the bottom of this letter, but here are the final three paragraphs of his article that stood out to me:

 

“Evil laws are the worst form of sin as they provide legitimacy to evil. Matthew Henry said, “Iniquity is daring enough even when human laws are against it, which often prove too weak to give an effectual check to it; but how insolent, how mischievous, is it when it is backed by a law! Iniquity is not the better, but much the worse, for being enacted by law; nor will it excuse those that practice it to say that they did but do as they were bidden.””

“Notice how at the end, Henry says we can’t use the excuse that we were just obeying the law. That is why Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.””

“The laws being created by Democrats, using the coronavirus as an excuse, are far worse than the virus itself because, unlike the virus, those new laws become permanent. It is time for the church to wake up and take action, beginning with voting the evildoers out of office and quit calling our submission a godly thing, when it is just a cowardly thing.”

 

Many Christians quote from Romans Ch 13 as a reference that we are duty bound, by Scripture, to submit to authority, no matter what or who that authority is. If this is true, then everything the Nazi’s and German people did in WW2, was legitimate and Hitler was a leader appointed by God. I don’t think so. In fact, I know this is wrong. 

Some Christians use quotes from Jesus such as when he said “to turn the other cheek” as another example to obey. Completely taken out of context. I have shared this before, and will do so again, refer to the latter half of Acts Chapter 16, and you decide for yourself if Paul “turned the other cheek” or “submitted to authority”. Spoiler alert: no, he did not. (see Acts 16:37)

If Christians believe it is their position to remain quiet, lay low, and follow the rules no matter what, that is their right to do so. Some Christians need to remain spectators. But it is not right for them to judge other Christians who have the fortitude, the courage, and the passion to speak out against foolish laws/orders, lack luster politicians, and invasive policies.

And then, there are Christians who say they are tired of people “spewing their Constitutional Rights”. This one grieves me the most, but, they are free to say this and believe this, because the Constitution allows them to. But I suspect this position will change if they lose that right and are then forced to submit. But I could be wrong and am ok with that.

I have seen it said that less than 10% of our country volunteers to join the military. These volunteers do so to support and defend the 90% who either don’t, or can’t. Perhaps it is also the case that only 1O% of Christians are anointed to speak out in order to defend and support the 90% of those who don’t. 

Does this mean that the Christians who do speak out are not doing so out of love and humility? Not any more or less than those who remain silent are judging others when they do speak. Most are operating in love and humility, even if occasionally their passions get temporary hold of them. Not all Christians are quiet speakers, some are loud, just the way God created them and intended them to be. Amen!

 

https://mariomurilloministries.wordpress.com/2020/05/11/no-there-is-no-verse-in-the-bible-that-tells-you-to-obey-evil-government-or-laws