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~ by riffenberg on September 13, 2009.
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Thomas Jefferson once said, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” The statement registers with the American spirit. Nevertheless, it is wrong. There can be no doubt that when the people fear the government, there is tyranny. However, when the government fears the people, you do not have liberty; what you have is anarchy. And anarchy is nothing more than a different form of tyranny.
We would be better to place our confidence in the Scriptures than in Thomas Jefferson, who denied the deity of Christ. In Ephesians 5:21 the Apostle Paul, for whom Jefferson also had little appreciation, wrote, “be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” The government has its responsibilities to us, but we also have our responsibilities to the government. Hence, Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God that things that are God’s.” Therefore, we should amend Jefferson’s statement as follows:
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is anarchy, but when the people fear Christ, there is liberty.
The fear of Christ is expressed in numerous ways in the Scriptures. James wrote,
Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door (Jas. 5:9).
In Philippians 4:5, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.” The psalmist wrote, “the nearness of God is my good (Psa. 73:28).” The fear of Christ is being conscious of His nearness, and responding appropriately. His nearness is our good, whether it be for our comfort, encouragement or discipline.
At present, the politically conservative community does not have a sufficiently understanding of the fear of Christ. And if we do not see a remarkable movement of God’s Spirit, we will do little more than trade the tyranny of government for the tyranny of anarchy.
George W. Seevers, Jr. said this on September 14, 2009 at 11:34 AM | Reply
Well, thanks for your opinion. I don’t agree with your basic premise that when the govt.fears the people there is anarchy. The govt.can fear the people and there may be no anarchy at all. The fear the govt. may have may be due to the possibility of their loss of power or of their jobs. You stated in your first and last sentence that when govt.fears the people there is anarchy. That is completely untrue and unfounded.
riffenberg said this on September 14, 2009 at 1:26 PM | Reply
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