OBEDIENCE TO AUTHORITY (LEGITIMATE)
DISOBEDIENCE TO EVIL
HERODIANS AND “REBELS”
The apostles said we must obey God rather than men: “But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God” (Act 4:19). Are churches able to understand that?. Or this: “Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place” (Christ in the Gospel of John, 18:36).
Thus, when the authorities act badly, there is no need to obey; the church fathers said the same: “If your fatherland orders something against God, do not obey” (Augustine of Hippo, 354-430).
“He gave them this warning: “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod” (Mark 8:15). Did the holy family or Magi obey Herod and they were to be killed? Did the apostles obey to the authorities when they were forbidden from preaching?. Did the apostle remain into prison where when he escaped? Prophets were silent about corruption of authorities and injustices?
“Then I said, “Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Should you not know justice, you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from my people and the flesh from their bones; who eat my people’s flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones in pieces; who chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot?” (Micah 3:1-3) “…who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness. Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, “Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us”
(Micah 3:10). Why so many church leaders remain silent about the powerful leaders do upon the “people” (so says the prophet: “the people”). Blindness? Cowardice? Obfuscation? Pride? Greed? Love for injustice? Cruelty?
They even allow the audacity to blame a supposed “anarchist” or “spirit of rebellion” to those Christians who claim according the same prophets and Christ’s topics.
There are two key moments in the preaching of Jesus, they have all the value of a programmatic statement. In the synagogue of Nazareth, at the beginning of his public life, Jesus quotes some words of Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19). And shortly thereafter, the disciples of John the Baptist, sent to check on his identity, and “Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor” (Matthew 11:4-5).
— If any other should have said so, “the poor”, our leaders and fundamentalists should have already branded him “communist” and who knows what else. But as Jesus said, have no choice but to shut up (another thing is that I obey, of course). “The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this and laughed at Jesus. He said: “You are the ones that you do to people just passing through, but God knoweth your hearts: what is admired among men is detestable in the eyes of God” (Luke 16:14-15).
EMPLOYEES AND THE MONEY
Employees and members need money to continue. They have no choice but to take into account the money. Because they are employees. “The employee, not a pastor or owner of the sheep, when he sees the wolf coming and flees the leaves, then the wolf seizes them and scatters them. It is because he is well paid and give the sheep” (John 10:12-13). For an employee, sheep and interest that really count are those who pay tithes in the Old Testament.
“Despite attempts by Protestant and Catholic clergy self-deception, Hitler was not a Christian, and most members of his movement were explicitly anti-Christian. Of course, Hitler adopted an attitude sometimes misleading. (…) He also said: “Do you really believe that the masses will again be Christian?. Nonsense. Never again. The story is over … but we can rush things. They forced the priests to dig their own graves. betray their God for us. betray what is the benefit of their miserable empleítos and returns “” (Paul Johnson, British historian, in his “History of Christianity”, Javier Vergara Editor, 1999).
Those who do these qualifications are considered unruly and sniping “against the Church.” But simply fulfilling our obligation. We do what we did the prophets.
FANATICISM AND RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM, GERM OF THE GREAT CRIMES OF THE STORY
It lies within the regrettable and despotic habits of fanaticism and fundamentalism slander what they refuse to understand, because in their spiritual pride, are considered “big brothers in the Faith” and “superespiritual” to others. So those who think like them are simple “heretics” and misguided. Naturally, slander is a lie and the devil is the father of lies.
People who consider “anarchy” denounce the abuses and the injustices, are probably those who had obeyed Hitler and may have gone to war to kill innocent Jews. “The men responsible for the operation of the gas chambers and ovens were going to church, loved their children and were kind to animals.” (“Holocaust”, a novel by Gerald Green, 1978). Pretending obedience to a bad authorities leads to these consequences: “The Church remained silent when I should have screamed … The Church admits abuse witnessed brutal violence, physical and psychological suffering of countless innocent people, oppression, hatred and homicide, without having raised their voices for them, without finding the means to go to his aid. Is guilty of the lives of the weakest and most defenseless brothers of Jesus Christ “(Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Protestant pastor killed by the Nazis,” Ethics “, notes from prison, 1943). Of course, many Germans said that they knew nothing. They did not know, perhaps because neither had worried want to know. Or that “obey the authorities.” Ernst Kaltenbrunner, head of the extermination of millions of Jews said: “I could not set myself up as judge of my superiors … if they were following orders given by others, I always within the framework of a destination far superior to mine, I crawling with all his strength. ”
The Protestant Reformation itself was a “protest” against the evil authority.
When Deutsche Christen (German Christians, pro-Nazi who came to control the German Evangelical Church) sang the praises of the Fuehrer to “save” Germany, the dissenting minority of the “Confessing Church (persecuted by the Nazis) claimed boldly: “There is no Savior Jesus Christ.”
But the religious worshipers of the State, act spiritually worthless, cowardly, despicable, “Pilate tried to release it, but the Jews cried out:” If you let go, no you’re addicted to Caesar. He who makes himself king expresses opposition to Caesar “(John 19:12). “Then they cried out! Out! Crucify him! Pilate said unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar “(John 19:15).
“While the Holocaust remains unique in its entirety, the elements and prepare a fact hit me more and more like an everyday thing. These elements include establishing normal the vast majority of those who perpetrated acts well. In modern society, governments have enormous power to legitimize. Social racism that extends and the polarizing effect of the war, especially racial war dehumanizes the other, the enemy, and does so terribly vulnerable. The complexity of modern society, with its bureaucratization, specialization and division of labor, dilutes the sense of personal responsibility. Everywhere, society conditions people to respect and accept the opinion of the authority. The career and ambition are not the monopoly utility of any culture. And in all myopic pressure of mass self-consciousness-not feel the rules “moral.” In such circumstances, what modern government has wanted to commit mass murder is no longer committed by non-performers?” (Christopher Browning, a professor at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, USA, cited in House Museum Anne Frank, Amsterdam, Netherlands).
THE FALSE THEOLOGY IN THE SERVICE OF CAESAR AND MAMMON
A false theology that takes the Herodian, the service of worldly powers, to obey blindly, ie to worship Caesar. Then worship the Caesar and the lie is to believe that when an injustice and an abuse is approved by any government loses its status as immoral.
“Christianity has undergone a deformation caused by their adaptation to the kingdom of Caesar, has been dubbed by the strength of the state and has sought to sanctify” (Nikolai A. Berdyaev, 1874-1948, Russian Christian thinker pursued).
“Saying Spain, say the Church. Love to Spain and you will love God” (Monsignor Lauzurica, Bishop of Vitoria, in the beginning of Franco, fascism scandalous promoting Catholic heathen-Spanish).
The cruelty and sadism of the world with its counterpart, cruelty and religious blindness, powered by the folly comfort of many “Christians” nominal.
“I know that their crimes are many and great sins, oppressor of the good people who demand money in advance and make the poor lose their trial in the courts” (Amos 5:12).
But the maniacs of command and control, the law suit and Roly-Poly, embedded in the pride of routine and non-renewal as indicated by Paul in Romans 12:2, has a huge challenge, because in today’s world everything changes very quickly and need to know to understand the angles of each new problem, not just anathematize ones and others who do not agree with that thought fossilized sloth and fundamentalism. These vague spiritual, loving routine and comfort, to disqualify, which inquisitors, who also reported bleeding and visible injustices, they do so (self-satisfied staying at home their own “holiness”): “… the inquisitor who mistakes his own cruelty and lust for power with the voice of Heaven will torment us infinitely because torments us with the approval of his conscience” (CS Lewis, Christian writer Northern Ireland).
THE DECLINING OF CHRISTIANITY
Those “brothers” are to be pitied, because with this terrible mental paralysis or freezing and loving, too Western Christianity will face ruin. And the West. It led to a sad end, and it will all be accountable to the Almighty for the blindness and lack of interest in seeking the truth of the facts and justice for others.
The Lord gives us, therefore, more spiritual light to understand where we are and the evil we do not want to see him or not.
“Proclaim liberty throughout the land” (Lev. 25:10)
Evangelical Martyrs by Antichrist and Spanish Dictator Francisco Franco: