In A NEW GOVERNING CONSENSUS, we considered the book Nullifying Tyranny: Creating Moral Communities in an Immoral Society without ever having read it. Since that was so much fun, I decided to read the book.
What started this discussion was the Smash Mouth Politics post, Nullifying Tyranny. As a result of the discussion there (a debate with a fellow named Steve), I decided to do another post (see here). Steve suggested in his comments Smash Mouth Politics post, Nullifying Tyranny, that an obedient Christian cannot rebel against an oppressive government. In fact, Steve proposes that Christians must adopt a passive role with respect to government (see here). I think that a foolish overemphasis on a few Bible verses. Nonetheless, such a misperception seems commonplace. Therefore, the authors of Nullifying Tyranny felt compelled to write their book.
Consider the subtitle of Nullifying Tyranny, Creating Moral Communities in an Immoral Society. In a society run by an elite that seeks to theocratically impose Secular Humanism, it is difficult at best for Christians to practice their beliefs. To underscore this point, Nullifying Tyranny begins by quoting 2 Corinthians 6:17. Let’s look at the verse in context.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (Today’s New International Version)
Warning Against Idolatry
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will live with them
and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they will be my people.”
“Come out from them
and be separate,
says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
and I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
Jesus called upon Christians to set an example, to practice His teachings, not the teachings of this world. Unfortunately, if we allow it to do so, the world will impose itself. That includes using the force of government. Therefore, the authors of Nullifying Tyranny stated their objective.
It is the authors’ desire to demonstrate to God’s people that hope is not lost–“we the people” who hold Christian moral values still have the potential to rise up, throw off the bondage of secular humanist society, and establish moral communities in which our values can be safely passed on to the next generation of Christians. We wish to demonstrate that moral communities begin with moral individuals and extend to the nuclear family, the extended family, and the community. The creation of moral communities depends on the ability of “we the people” to control vital social issues at the level of our individual home state which was once known as a sovereign state. This control can become a reality only by dramatic but plausible political action–action taken not to gain political power, but to destroy the system of power, perks, and privileges used by America’s ruling elite to foist a secular humanist agenda upon God’s people.
To get across what Nullifying Tyranny is about, I intend to do three more posts (based upon the outline of the book).
- Section I: Godly Separation from Evil
- Section II: Godly Principles of Limited Government
- Section III: Godly Republic Lost–Godly Republic Regained