November 5 is Guy Fawkes Day in Great Britain, a day commemorating the arrest of the Catholic revolutionary who was part of a plot to blow up the House of Lords while Parliament was in session. It was Fawkes who was caught guarding the gunpowder that had been stockpiled in a rented room beneath the House of Lords. The goal was to destroy the Protestant government and stir up British Catholics in an attempt to restore Roman Catholic England. It was hoped Catholic Spain and other Roman Catholic nations would throw their support behind a British Catholic Revolution.
There are those who suggest the Tea Party movement is not unlike the conspiracy of Roman Catholics in early 17th-century Britain who, in addition to blowing up the House of Lords, sought to assassinate James the first and place his daughter Elizabeth on the throne. Indeed, they suggest the swarm of conservative Republicans elected this Tuesday past pose a worse threat than Fawkes and his co-conspirators.
This is the sort of rhetoric we can expect from disappointed leftists. They seem incapable of comprehending a point of view different than their own. Thus, they expect people who are Right of center to have the same violent tendencies as they. Examples of political violence in this country are provided by the Leftists. Bill Ayers and the Weatherman, The Black Panthers, The Black liberation Army, The Earth Liberation Front, The Aryan Nation1 and so on – all hold to leftist ideology.
On the other hand, the Right is a political philosophy that springs from a Judeo-Christian heritage. At the heart of that philosophy lies the understanding that God is the sovereign ruler of the universe. Those two are educated in the Judeo-Christian, biblical, worldview understand that the private citizen is duty bound to submit to civil authority whether or not he agrees with the reigning political philosophy. He does not have the right to perpetrate violence against civil authority he disagrees with, period.
When Israel was under the thumb of the Babylonian empire, God told his people that if they hoped to experience His blessing, they needed to submit to king Nebuchadnezzar (2 Chronicles 36:11-13, Ezekiel 17:11-20). They were not supposed to begin a guerrilla resistance against the king but were to seek the peace of the Empire. This doesn’t mean they were prohibited from working within the system to bring it in line with God’s will. Nor were they required to obey the King when his law was in opposition to the law of Yahweh. Yet, even then, their “civil disobedience” was the simple, quiet refusal to violate the law of God (cf. Daniel Chapter Three and Six).
The New Testament teaches the same point of view. In Romans chapter 13 the apostle Paul says, Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves (Romans 13:1-2). And again in Peter’s first epistle we read, Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men-as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God (1 Peter 2:13-16). Hence, we are called to submit to civil authority even while we work to bring biblical principles of good government to bear on the system. We are blessed to live in a country where we can be part of the political process by our vote. The 2010 election results remind us that our participation in the political process does make a difference.
Those who are of the Left will never understand the worldview of the Right. When we are accused of bigotry or violent tendencies we cannot react in a way that would provide ammunition for those who disagree with our political point of view. Instead, we must love our enemies and do good to those who hate us. We must make good use of the political system bequeathed us by our Founding Fathers and maintain a solid witness as God-fearing, law-abiding patriots.
Wikipedia, entry on Guy Fawkes
Steven Blackwell at Death and Taxes Online Magazine
1. The Aryan Nation was/is neo-Nazi and Naziism is national socialism. Thus Naziism is leftist as are all socialistic systems. Moreover, racial bigotry it is a leftist tendency. It is the Left not the Right that sees people in terms of race rather than character. The Christian faith (from which Rightist political theory springs), is color blind: there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all (Colossians 3:11). Certainly there are people who claim to be Christians who disregard this truth, but their failure to embrace the clear teaching of the Bible does not change what the Bible actually says.