Day after NDoP — Leaven of Barabbas the Zealot?

Dr. James Dobson speaking against Obama Administration policy
Dr. James Dobson speaking against Obama Administration policy

Day after the National Day of Prayer.

I respect James Dobson as a brother in faith.

Unfortunately he is a convenient example of the kind of Christian Confrontationalism I have have endeavored to point out.  Like in my post yesterday.

Dr. Dobson was speaking at  a National Day of Prayer meeting:

“So come and get me if you must, Mr. President. I will not bow before your wicked regulation.” Dr. James Dobson


Paul instructs:

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Ro 13:1-2

My point:  I’m forcibly questioning my own motivations as I observe the behavior of our leaders. Is this more about things of the kingdom or political spite, enflamed passions?

Is obedience to the Ro 13 verse as literal as the “six day creation” — or not? Why the exemption? Where it the truth in either of those doctrines — if we blindly hold to one, and to suspend obedience in the other?

I’ve heard the justification lies in Acts where Chief Priest Caiaphas and the Temple leaders order Peter and John not to speak of Christ … replying Peter says

“As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20

What was that message? Undoubtably: That Christ died and rose again, that he ascended to Heaven.  The Messiah had come!

A question remains alive in our hearts — do we defy authority as Barabbas the Zealot, did — or intercede on behalf of Christ to change the hearts of men?

The “Leaven of the Scribes and Pharisees” is well known. It is Hypocrisy; sanctimonious, prideful religion.

There is also (as I’ve termed it) the “Leaven of Barabbas” — which is defiance, rebellion and zealotry that distorts and mishandles scripture.  Both are deceptions that inflame our flesh and disarm not only our testimony but our effectiveness in spreading the gospel.

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