God raised “evil rulers” in the past to judge a nation. (Habakkuk 1:6)
Jesus take on civil disobedience
Jesus did not incite the people against Rome. (Luke 23:5)
Jesus refused to get entangled in political debate. (Mt. 22:15-22)
Jesus was busy preaching or praying alone. (Matthew 5:1)
Jesus did not incite people against their ruthless Emperor. (Luke 23:5)
Jesus refused to be involved in political debate. (Mt. 22:15-22)
Jesus knew the need for social-political change, but He came for another battle: To save souls, and He commands you to make disciples, not change the government (Matthew 28:18-20), Unbelievers often do that activism part.
The Apostles and Early Christians’ submission to authority
Peter warned us not to earn the ire of authority by being submissive. We submit to “avoid condemnation” and “win commendation” that shuts the mouth of those against the faith and looking for reasons to criticize believers. (1 Peter 2:15 Commentary)
Peter said, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority” (1 Peter 2:13). We do it for Jesus’ sake because He demonstrated it Himself.
The Apostles had no time with politics. They focused on preaching and church planting. (Acts 8:4)
The Apostles disobeyed authority when told NOT to preach about Jesus; early Christians disobeyed the Emperor because they were told to renounce their faith. We must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29).
Early Christians disobeyed the government when told to renounce their faith and worship the Emperor. We must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29).
Emperor Trajan advised Pliny the Youngernot to seek out Christians for persecution. “They should be left alone as long as they did not stir up trouble,” he said.
In God’s time, the rulers replaced(Daniel 2:21). Unbelievers did that part in rallying, complaining, and rebelling against rulers, just like what happened in the Jewish Revolt.