From In God We Still Trust, by Dr. Richard Lee
We ought to obey God rather than men. - Acts 5:29
Perhaps surprisingly, New England ministers played a key role in rallying popular support for war against England. They pressed their congregations to overthrow King George because they believed that rebellion to tyrants was obedience to God. From many pulpits, ministers recruited troops and strengthened them for battle.
These church leaders knew that the Bible places great emphasis on due submission to civil authorities (Romans 13), but they noted that many passages approve resistance to ungodly authority (see Acts 5:29 above).
It is, therefore, no coincidence that one of watchwords of the American Revolution was “No King But King Jesus.” Most of the patriots found in their faith and in God’s Word the courage to risk their lives and properties in order to break the tyranny of an unjust human authority. According to their Christian worldview, obedience to God took precedence over loyalty to country or government: their primary allegiance was to the Lord Jesus Christ.
May seeking You, O God, be my top priority and the top priority of this nation. Following Christ’s teachings means everything to me. Where I have failed, forgive me. When I falter, give me a nudge. If I grow weary, encourage me. Let me keep the ears of my heart open so I can hear You speak to me. And I pray these things for my beloved country.
“If you earnestly obey My commandments . . . then I will give you the rain for your land in its season” (Deuteronomy 11:13–14).
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