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Detail from the Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel, 1563.

And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

  • Genesis 11:4

In Genesis chapter 11, we read of man’s first attempt to create an idolatrous, globalist empire.  Rather than obeying God’s command to “fill the earth,” a command first given to Adm and Eve and then later repeated to Noah, who himself was a sort of second Adam, they decided to rebel by remaining in one place and making, “a name for themselves” by building, “a tower whose top is in the heavens.”

This first attempt ended badly for the empire builders as God frustrated their plans as he confused their language and, “scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” 

But because of sin man continued to attempt to create empires after his own image and likeness.  In the pages of Scripture, we come across the names of many empires, Babylon, Assyria, Greece, and Rome.

But great empires are not a thing of the distant past.  The Ottoman Empire – the Ottoman Empire was the successor to the Byzantine Empire, but the Byzantines didn’t call themselves Byzantines, they called themselves Romans; if we accept this, the Roman Empire didn’t fall until 1453 when Constantinople was conquered by the Turks – fell in 1918, barely a century ago.  The sun famously never set on the British Empire, which existed within living memory.  Although no one calls it an empire, the American Empire of the post-WWII era has dominated the world we live in. 

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. While not a popular man with the globalist elite, he is doing the Lord’s work.

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

  • Proverbs 29:2

Viktor Orban’s victory is a triumph for illiberal nationalism,” whines the headline in The Economist. “Poland’s Leader Slams Orban Over ‘Dead End’ Stance on Russia,” complains Bloomberg.  “Victory for Hungary’s Orban means a headache for the EU,” notes the BBC.  But the award for biggest Orban temper tantrum goes to CNN which ranted “Victor Orban, Hungary’s authoritarian leader and key Putin ally, calls Zelensky an ‘opponent’ after winning election.” 

I could go on, but these headlines, typical of legacy media’s decade-plus-long assault on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, give the reader a fair example of the kind of hate Orban faces from news organizations. 

The occasion of the latest media meltdown over Orban was his fourth consecutive election victory on 4/3/2022.

The BBC article summed up the EU’s opinion on his election win thus, “You could almost hear the collective thud of EU hearts sinking on Sunday night as Viktor Orban made his victory speech.”

 Ah, the sound of globalist heads exploding.  Now that’s music to my ears.

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WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 08: Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland testifies before a Senate Foreign Relation Committee hearing on Ukraine on March 08, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

“What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means huge profits?”

  • Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler, USMC, War is a Racket

In his 1930s book War is a Racket, retired U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Smedley Butler argued against the globalists and corporatists of his day and for the return of America’s historic foreign policy of non-interventionism. 

Some may suppose from the title of his book that Butler, a 30-year Marine Corps veteran and two-time medal of honor recipient, had turned pacifist.  Such was not the case.  Butler was not a pacifist.  He was a non-interventionist in that he held that war was could justifiably be undertaken only for very limited reasons.  In Butler’s view, there were only two reasons Americans should go to war.  He wrote:

There are only two reasons you should be asked to give your youngsters.  One is defense of our homes.  The other is the defense of our Bill of Rights and particularly the right to worship God as we see fit.  Every other reason advanced for the murder of young men is a racket, pure and simple (War is a Racket, 67). 

Put differently, Butler believed that American soldiers should be sent to battle only in defense of their families, their property, and their Constitutionally guaranteed rights.  This is essentially the foreign policy of the founding fathers of America. 

Worth noting, too, is that Butler mentioned “young men” in his comments, not young women.  Feminism had not advanced so far in his day as to make it a philosophical imperative that young women be sent to the frontlines, a barbaric and astonishingly stupid idea advanced both by the U.S. and now (probably due to U.S. influence) Ukrainian army. 

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Detail from The Tower of Babel by Peter Brugel, 1563.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

  • Genesis 1:1

“Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”  This quote, or some variant to it, has been attributed to several prominent people.  In searching for the origin of the quote, I found it credited to such notables as John Knox, William Tyndale, and Benjamin Franklin. Thomas Jefferson used “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God” on his personal seal.  Jefferson wanted to use this saying on the Seal of the United States

Whatever the origin of the quote, many Christians today are troubled by the notion that it is ever a Christian’s duty to resist tyranny.  Citing Paul’s injunction in Romans 13 “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities,” they take Paul’s command to be, if not an absolute, at least something very close to it. 

The extent of the civil magistrate’s legitimate authority came to the surface in 2020 with the coming of the Covid 19 restrictions across much of the world.  These restrictions not only affected schools, universities, and businesses, but also churches.  Sincere Christians, when considering how to react to government restrictions, in particular government restrictions on church meetings, came to different conclusions.  Some believed it was the duty of Christians to obey every command of the various civil authorities that restricted, or outright prohibited, church meetings.  Others considered it a Christian duty to resist such edicts.  Because of these different views, as a follow up to last week’s post on the divine origin of civil government, it seemed good to me to say something about the relationship of civil government to the church.

To take the suspense out of things, I’ll tell you my view of the matter up front.  Christians are required to obey civil magistrates, but only in the Lord.  The civil magistrate, while a legitimate minister of God, has limited authority.  This was also John Calvin’s view.  He wrote,

The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but a robber. He, moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom which is not ruled by the sceptre of God, that is, by his divine word (Institutes, Prefatory Address).

Later in the Institutes, Calvin wrote,

We are subject to the men who rule over us, but subject only in the Lord. If they command anything against Him let us not pay the least regard to it, nor be moved by all the dignity which they possess as magistrates – a dignity to which no injury is done when it is subordinated to the special and truly supreme power of God (Book IV, Chapter 20.32).

It is the view of this author that the civil authority has no jurisdiction to regulate how Christian churches conduct their worship services, and that all such regulation represents overreach on the part of the civil magistrate. This is not to say that Christian ministers and Christians themselves are not subject to the governing authorities.  If Christians commit acts that are contrary to the law of God and the just civil laws of society, then they are justly punished by the civil magistrate.  But the regulation or prohibition of singing hymns, capacity limits due to Covid, or even outright prohibition on gathering on the Lord’s Day?  All such restrictions by the civil authorities are tyrannical and ought to be resisted by Christians everywhere.        

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