***Hypothetical Situation - There is no intent of mirroring any current situation***
Being born and raised on the island of Trid, I enjoyed the freedom to worship God openly and without fear of government intervention. During recent struggles on the island of Trid, a dynamic leader rose to power. This leader was granted unprecedented power by the government of Trid and made his distaste for Christians well known. He also wrested control of the country away from those who opposed his form of government and has dismantled the freedoms to which we were accustom. He has raised an army loyal to him and has now outlawed any form of religious expression.
Because we as Christians are admonished to obey God rather than men, we still meet secretly as a church. However, we have also been approached by an opposition group that is preparing to rise up and overthrow the current regime and restore the democracy the Tridians so much enjoyed for so long. In light of the fact that Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 both tell us that leaders are ordained by God and we should be obedient to those that rule, we are struggling with a biblical approach to this opposition group.
- Is it Biblical for a Christian to participate in overthrowing that which God has ordained?
- Is there a Biblical precedent for such activity?
- Should Christians really be political pacifists?
There are many more questions, but that is a place for us to start.
***End of Situation***
I am curious as to what other's veiws are on this. This stems from a conversation had yesterday and thought it might be interesting to share.