Skip to comments.The Right to Resist Evil Leaders—The Christian History
Posted on 08/03/2014 9:41:35 AM PDT by Sean_Anthony
Do Americans have a right to oppose unjust authority? Given our history, this right goes without saying. You see, our country was founded by men resisting the unjust rule of Great Britain. More precisely, in one of historys most famous recitations of the Right of Resistance, the American Declaration of Independence itself says,
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Odd place to start Martin Luther in that the Church had already been resisting the rise of Islam for centuries when Luther was born.
Generally yes. Not just for Americans but for all Christians.
This is an extremely broad topic, and each situation needs its own biblical analysis. But Lex, Rex, by Scottish Presbyterian minister Samuel Rutherford, is a great intro for this topic.
With respect to the Declaration of Independence, there were many many years leading up to that point in time. The black robe brigade (regiment) during the revolutionary war is an example of pastors engaging the cultural times.
There is not a right asserted in the Declaration of Independence which had not been discussed by the New England clergy before 1763.
[Alice M. Baldwin, The New England Clergy and the American Revolution (New York: Frederick Ungar, 1958), p. 170.]
From the article:
“The foundations of Resistance Theory were laid during the Reformation (1517-1648). Of course, since time immemorial there have been sentiments to push-back against tyrants.”
It is also a bit different to resist an institution of which you are already a part than to resist some external threat.
Do Americans have a right to oppose unjust authority?
While my book RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY is intended for any people suffering from tyranny, rather than aimed at the United States in particular, in it I present an argument, based on the Just War Doctrine, for when resistance to a tyrannical government is justified. If the conditions specified by the Doctrine were met in the USA, then the citizens would have a right to oppose unjust authority.
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