by Norbert J. Kuk
But the one who looks into the perfect law,
the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no
hearer who forgets, but a doer who acts,
he will be blessed in his doing (James 1:25).
In last month’s WCN article, we referred to “Biblically correct resistance” (aka righteous resistance) as a response to certain laws and/or actions by government, noting the general rule that we are called to obey our government laws and officials unless what they impose clashes with God’s laws (Romans 13; Acts 5:29). The fact is, government’s laws now decree or tacitly condone several practices that clash with God’s laws – e.g., abortion, gay “marriage,” pornography, banning of Christian activity in the public square, free speech infringements, etc. – so whose laws shall we follow on these issues?
We also cited Luke 22:36, in which Jesus instructed the apostles that when He was no longer with them and they went forth to spread the Gospel, they should be sure to take a sword with them. The obvious application of Luke 22:36 for today would be that those believers who own guns should hold on to them, and those who don’t own them should acquire them. Of course, Jesus’s directive also assumes that like the apostles of old, we will be actively spreading the Gospel, which in itself is a vital form of righteous resistance. Given those points, what else might righteous resistance involve?
As a practical matter, and like any other movement, righteous resistance needs to be at least somewhat organized to have a deterrent effect on the opposition. It also needs to be very local in operation but, if possible, with a means to communicate generally with other, similar groups. Finally, such a movement would need to become widespread throughout the country, but – and this is important – it should STAY LOCAL IN OPERATION and NOT become a centralized movement. Remember the Tea Party, which started locally with a bang in 2010 but soon faded as it was vacuumed up by two or three national Tea Party organizations that ended up focusing on fund-raising.
Think about it. What would be the effect on our opposition if they knew there were righteous resistance groups in every city, virtually every town, and in most rural areas? We believe it would at least slow down their growing encroachments on liberty, perhaps providing time to develop and ignite a national spiritual revival.
Locally, a first step might be to form a core group of believers/patriots who know each other and have some history of interaction – for example, your local prayer group – always keeping in mind two things: (1) the need for Heavenly guidance in all significant decisions and activities; and (2) the opposition’s propensity to infiltrate and try to undermine any organization or institution that promotes personal liberty and faith in our Creator. Typically, a local core group might start out as a neighborhood mutual help resource group that would gradually attract other like-minded participants – and eventually develop into a platform for serious resistance should it become necessary.
When would civil disobedience or outright resistance become necessary? And what might it entail? We don’t profess to have specific answers, especially since every group in every area would have different problems and needs – e.g., urban vis-à-vis rural, climate differences, etc. But we do have some suggestions for key areas of discussion.
For example, here’s a basic question to spark discussion on the perceived urgency of action: Is collapse a possibility or even a probability in America? A follow-up question might be: Given today’s social and economic unrest here and elsewhere – moral decay, heavy debt, unfunded entitlements, fiat money, etc. – what kind of event(s) would trigger an actual collapse?
Another open-end question is this: What are the greatest dangers to those in our local community in the event of a collapsed society? Follow-up questions might include: Does our locale offer any advantages over other locales? What about disadvantages? How would people in our group or community survive? Young children? Older people? How would we plan to resist government tyranny once it approaches, as it inevitably would following a collapse (e.g., martial law)? Can we learn to eschew affluent living and rejoice in simple contentment? How can we best preserve Christian worship? What preparations, if any, can/should we make now?
Above all, basic spiritual matters should be addressed, both groupwise and individually: Why are faith and prayer vital both to avoid collapse and, if necessary, to survive one? Can it really be true that if God is all we’ve got, then God is all we need? The fact is, believers already know the answer to these questions. God works hardest for us when we are most in need – i.e., grace always runs downhill – and strong faith and lots of prayer are more likely to inspire effective action than naked self-resolve.
Related questions for debate might be: Under what circumstances, if at all, would the guns actually come out? Also, do you believe, as some do, that we are now in the end times and nothing can reverse course?
Addressing these subjects will undoubtedly suggest many other questions, including the (sometimes) flippant “What would Jesus do?” That might lead to some insights – or it might mislead, because it’s too easy to project our own flawed concepts on Jesus. Indeed, we are all better off starting with the question “What has Jesus done?” We know the answer to that question, and if we let ourselves be inspired by it, we are more likely to come up with righteous solutions.
Finally, if you’re interested in an adventure story of how one group of Americans, mostly believers, managed to thwart and survive government tyranny after a collapse, try my book – No Middle Ground – which is advertised in this newspaper. It’s a good read.