Not so many years ago terrorism was seen as one ideology trying to push a message through the ultimate sacrifice of lives on both sides. Now we have the label “domestic terrorist” and the majority of countries already have legislation that can suppress messages that criticise or contradict the ruling state.
Anti-terror legislation appears as Patriotic, or civil order but who is affected or can be affected by the label?
Those with a Faith?
Notice the popular meaning of sedition
“conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.” In Russia and recently in France religious people have been labelled as seditionaries. Why? because they advocate God’s Kingdom, demonstrate a reluctance to engage with the state.
Here are couple of things that are seditionary:
- Praying and living in harmony to the expression “Let Your Kingdom Come”
- Following the bible tenet “We obey God as Ruler rather than men”
- Remaining neutral – so not voting, enlisting in the military and working towards supporting Theocrasy
What are the seditionaries guilty of:
- They pay taxes,
- Few commit crimes
- Support for neighbours
- Seek peace and promote the love of the Christ
These peace-loving Christian groups are described as “passive terrorists” these present no threat of violence. They are the core of law-abiding societies.
Pilate announced to the religious and political leaders gathered to call for the life of a man 2,000 years: “I find no crime in this man.” the response from those in control responded in Matthew 27: “22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.”
Another example who copied Jesus is recorded in Acts 7 and how did the rulers respond in verse “57 At this they cried out at the top of their voices and put their hands over their ears and rushed at him all together.“
Should we be surpised?
Jesus words quoted in Luke 21: 12 “But before all these things happen, people will lay their hands on you and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and governors for the sake of my name.13 It will result in your giving a witness.”
This is an expression used in the words that prophised the last days and what it is like to live through the most challenging and exciting time in our history. Luke 21: 16 “Moreover, you will be handed over even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death,17 and you will be hated by all people because of my name.“
Thousands over the years have sacrificed their lives for the reality of the Kingdom Christians pray for – God’s Kingdom the only hope of restoration. Do we need to take up arms against a government or authorities? – NEVER!!!
Human governments will take a stand against the greatest government as stated in Psalm and when they do it will be quick and effective as Daniel saw in his vision recorded at Daniel 2: 44.
The question really is where are we in this battle of words now? and what are we prepared to sacrifice when the rhetoric ends and religious organisations have no place, are we going to be in the silent majority or are we already showing that we advocate God’s Kingdom, Jesus Rulership and the restoration of Theocrasy?
In the words of Joshua the judge in Israel Joshua 24: 14 “Therefore, fear Jehovah and serve him with integrity and faithfulness, and remove the gods that your forefathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt, and serve Jehovah.15 Now if it seems bad to you to serve Jehovah, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve, whether the gods that your forefathers served on the other side of the River or the gods of the Amʹor·ites in whose land you are dwelling. But as for me and my household, we will serve Jehovah.”
Remember when Jesus stood before the people and Pilate offered to release him the people chose a known seditionary and murderer so do not be surprised by the reaction of those around you and those who hold power now when they perceive they are performing good work.
Only be courageous and very strong, stand still and see the salvation of God through Jesus Christ because the battle is not ours we do not need to fight governments have chosen to wage war with God.
So being labelled as a seditionary for Christian values is to follow in the steps of the Master Jesus Christ.
Find out more about God’s Kingdom and study the bible it remains truly relevant today.