perfectly legal

Blind support of government is a hazardous thing.  

Note that all the atrocities carried out by Nazi Germany were all perfectly and meticulously “legal” and supported by laws put into effect by democratically elected representatives.  

The laws were of course immoral, but the government sponsored church of the time said that since God instituted government, then we should follow whatever the “law of the land” was without question.  

This left even “christians” without the moral grounding to say “no” to things that were clearly against God’s law because they were “legal” according to man’s law.

This is due to an erroneous interpretation of Romans 13 that civil government must be submitted to regardless of how evil or immoral its laws might be. This fallacious interpretation of Romans 13 (which is taught in practically every Christian school and college in America) has made them de facto slaves and worshippers of the state. 

As did Germany’s pastors and Christians in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, America’s pastors and Christians suffer from national “exceptionalism.” 

This fallacy leads them to believe that by serving the state, they are serving God. In their minds, one cannot be “right with God” if they are not totally submissive to the state.

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. Acts 5:29

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