We Can't Afford to Ignore the Tyranny that Exists


Last weekend, the President warned Ohio State graduates to ignore those voices that are constantly warning of tyranny. Of course, as many have pointed out since then, that would mean (among other things) not reading any history books on the founding of America, which would reveal the fact that our nation’s Founders were even more leery of government over-reach than the vast majority of modern patriots.

Not long ago, a friend recommended a book of mine on his Facebook page, only to have one of his other friends, a pastor, message him privately to warn him against that book. Of course, the helpful pastor was warning him about a book he himself had not bothered to read, based solely on the title.  It’s called Resistance to Tyrants: Romans 13 and the Christian Duty to Oppose Wicked Rulers.

The bottom line of the pastor’s warning was this [paraphrased here]: I’ve looked up several definitions of tyranny, and we’re a long way from experiencing that. 

Which immediately set me to looking up the dictionary definition, in several versions. I won’t quote them all here. But the one below is very representative of what you’ll find elsewhere:

TYRANNY (noun):

  • arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority. Synonyms: despotism,absolutism, dictatorship.
  •  the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
  •  a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
  •  oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
  •  undue severity or harshness.

In addition, some dictionaries will point out that the ancient Greeks especially employed the word to speak of any usurper, or one who had attained power unlawfully.

The “money” adjectives above, the ones that really describe a tyrant, are thus “arbitrary,” “oppressive,” “unjust,” “severe,” etc.

The unnamed pastor above apparently has not been paying attention.

For instance, as the new Benghazi hearings continue, it’s now plain as day that the administration’s story about the attack being caused by reaction to a YouTube video was a complete fabrication. The President and all his minions knew without a doubt from the beginning that this was not the real reason. And yet, to this day, the only person “brought to justice” over Benghazi is the man who made the video. He still sits in prison, as of this writing.

Today, we read that the IRS is admitting that it targeted the President’s political opponents for extra-special treatment during the last campaign.

Anybody take a plane trip lately? How do you spell oppression? T – S – A.

Do a search for terms like “domestic drone surveillance,” “Utah Data Center,” and “Presidential Kill List,” and then come argue that we’re “a long way from experiencing” injustice, severity, and oppression.

Even if we explore the minority definition of tyranny, the Greek one about usurpation, we would have to admit that it’s been a long, long time since the federal government was anything but a tyranny, having usurped (or stolen) authority that they were never lawfully authorized by the Constitution. Who gave the feds the authority to regulate education, for instance? Answer: no one. They took that for themselves.

One of the writers of the Anti-Federalist Papers presciently predicted that the “commerce clause” of the Constitution would be used as an excuse to claim near-unlimited power. Oh, but wait, we’re supposed to ignore the voices warning of tyranny.

To complete the story I began with, the pastor in question went on to admit that he’d never really studied the passage of the Bible that was in question. He doesn’t think he needs to. All he’s ever done is repeat what he’s been told by others. Trace that back, and you’ll find all of them did the exact same thing.

This is how Christianity is turned into the spiritual equivalent of an anorexic teenager. Her pastors refuse to really set good food on the dinner table, and the ones invited to eat don’t complain.

You can be part of fixing that. Start complaining. Why hasn’t your own pastor warned from the pulpit of the encroachment and threat of government tyranny?

Arm yourself for refuting his/her pathetic answer. Right now, you can get the information-packed ebook No Cover for Tyrants: 1 Peter 2:13-17 Explained for only 99 cents for your Kindle.

 

 







Gordan Runyan is a pastor and author who hides out in the high plains desert of New Mexico. He recently preached the fourth Historic Election Sermon from the State Capitol rotunda in Helena, Montana. That sermon can be heard HERE.

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  • BobE

    A truly liberal society guarantees the freedom of all religions, but it accepts the tyranny of none. People must be free to live without threat or fear. To say the things, write the words and live the lives they choose. Does that offend some people? Yes, of course. But the price of freedom is the risk of offence. And, for me, that price is always worth paying.

  • bobseeks

    All government is tyranny, it is all a matter of degree – the more pervasive the government, the more tyranny. We must elect those to leadership who hate government and who will work to pare it down to the barest of the bare essentials.

  • ARMYOF69

    Our ideal government should be quite close to having an anarchy, but just short of it. THAT is perfect governing. 
    FREEDOM FOR THE PEOPLE is what it is all about. Singing land of the free,does not make it so.

  • DockoBrossman

    “NEW YORK (Reuters) May 07 – America’s budget cuts may be beginning to
    take a toll on the U.S. public health system, from efforts to track
    global flu outbreaks to policing a surge in food and drug imports.

    Participants at the Reuters Health Summit in New
    York this week spoke to the immediate impact of $85 billion in automatic
    government-wide budget cuts that began on March 1. This so-called
    sequestration was set in motion when Congress failed to reach a deal to
    reduce the nation’s budget deficit.

    The budget of the U.S. Centers for Disease
    Control and Prevention has been cut by $300 million as it monitors a
    deadly new strain of bird flu in Asia, including Saudi Arabia, where it
    has killed at least five people.”
    Looks like that SOB Obama is going to get a lot of people killed off before he gets the bum’s rush. As a political hack, he can well afford to screw around like this. Let’s hope he’s among the first in the US to hatch a case of bird flue.

  • DavidCook1

    Jay Carney was back on his heals and turning bright red trying to answer questions fielded by the news media today.  He was studdering and trying to figure out what to say while the media grilled him.  Of course he tried to blame the Republicans by saying it was a political witch hunt.  He tried to put a spin on this but it was so obvious he was covering for the President and lying his ass off like always.  Benghazi is going to be the downfall for Obama and Clinton.  It’s about time someone told the truth in this administration before this gets worse than it already is.  I truley hope that Obama will be impeached over this because he just can’t be trusted.  He has blood on his hands and he just can’t wash it off with his lies.

    • DWinch

      DavidCook1 Poor little Jay is going to be fitted for a straight jacket on the way to the rubber room when Obummer gets through using him. His conscience must be fried by now.
      Not that I feel sorry for the little pencil neck dweeb.

  • GDC

    KING Obama, Vice King Biden, Attorney General King Holder, QUEEN Clinton, Jay Carney, Janet Napolitano, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice , Gov. Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg (Napoleon), Senator Harry Reid, Senator Carl Levin, Senator Carl Levin, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) , Congressman John D. Dingell, Congressman JOHN CONYERS JR., Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr., George Soros, MOST ALL Democrats, ALL Liberals, Progressives (which are Socialists, Marxists, COMMUNISTS) and ALL those in Obama’s administration MUST be Impeached, prosecuted and EXECUTED for TREASON, SEDITION, MURDER and MANY other CRIMES they have and ARE COMMITTING!!!
    Obama and those in his administration along with those that have been covering up for him in the Senate and Congress ARE giving AID and COMFORT to the ENEMY that ATTACK America (the Consulate in Benghazi) and MURDERED 4 Americans!!! They allowed them to carry out the attack without resistance and to get away without resistance. They ALSO prevented the FBI from doing an normal investigation of the MURDERS. That IS TREASON and MURDER!!! They MUST be impeached, prosecuted and EXECUTED for their CRIMES!!!!

  • KennethBowman

    To ignore tyranny is to support it. History records what happened to Germany under Adolph Hitler.  The German people were held fully accountable as they should be.  Those who believe they will not be held fully accountable are sadly mistaken.  No matter what those who believe they are above the law will never be punished will learn soon enough just how wrong they are. For always there is somebody with even more power exists who will hold those accountable.  It is the way it is in the universe.

  • BobE

    When I hear white Christian southerners speak of tyranny I can’t help but think of the KKK

    • KennethBowman

      BobE OK I think of the Black Panthers

  • DavidCook1

    Another former Navy Seal has come forward to say that Obama killed his buddies because he knows for a fact they could have saved the American’s in Benghazi as the assets were all over the middle east that could have been there in time to save them.  He is appalled and discussted as we are that our President would rather dismiss this entire incident for political purposes.  That’s not what American’s do no matter what party you belong to.  Obama and Clinton must be prosecuted for perjury, neglect of office and total incompetance.

    • KennethBowman

      DavidCook1 The  Kenyan Barry Soetoro supports and provides aid to Muslim Terrorists.

  • popham

    Tyranny you say?  It has been tyrannical since Jan. 21st, 2009.  Barack Hussein Obama and his Chicago-style
    thugs, who have infested our White House, have also accumulated and amassed more executive power than any
    White House in history. We fear that it is only a matter of time before the start of the 21st Century American Revolution.
    After all, Mr. Obama and his elites are ready. They’ve got lots of guns and bullets and a brand new deep underground
    bunker beneath the White House driveway. That bunker by the way cost only $346 million of taxpayer funds.
    Good luck, America.

  • http://www.kjv-truth-ministries.org/ PreacherCruz

    Disobedience to Evil And Unjust Laws IS Obedience To God!! Christian Civil Disobedience!  http://www.kjv-truth-ministries.org/?page_id=290

  • bigbuffler

    Beware the Utopians, they will kill us all. I think that, at the great risk of being called a paranoid conspiracy theorist, all these ultra-liberal attacks on normality and tradition are coalescing into a monstrous, irreversible reduction of this country to an anti-constitutional tyrrany. If anyone doubts that Obamacare and other such brainchildren of Obama, Soros and the rest of these vile utopians is not an attack on life itself, they should rethink the potential impact. Older people (like myself) are finding it increasingly-difficult to get our medications. I have several diseases, and the chemotheraputic easements I enjoy are being more and more challenged by people utterly lacking in medical knowledge, let alone expertise.The first thing liberals do is attack freedom. The ultimate Orwellian oxymoron. In this particular country, money is the equivalent of freedom. We are now paying approximately 20 TIMES what colonists did! If I were back in the classroom I would re-emphasize the reading of the middle third of the Declaration of Independence. We all should re-read this before we become a nation of boiled frogs.