What is to happen if unjust or tyrannical laws are put in place? The question with its answer has history to look to.
Thomas Aquinas said, “An unjust law is no law at all.” The Nurenburg Trials answer that question with condemnation in following a tyrannical magistrate and America’s founders were known to say—-“Disobedience to tyrants is obedience to God”.
Christianity has had a salvific effect on the culture and the forming and protecting of Western Civilization—in John Murray book “Principles of Conduct” 1957 we have this—“…biblical ethics has a paramount concern with the heart…”
I believe to understand what Aquinas, the Nurenburg Trials and the Founding Fathers believed and/or thought, in coming to their conclusions, we must understand the deeper meaning of ethics as a standard of conduct or the Biblical meaning of “The Way”.
I will be quoting extensively John Murray’s thoughts on the subject as he puts them forth in his book “Principles of Conduct”. I will try to condense his thoughts into this short paper therefore any misinterpretation of his thoughts will be completely my doing.
We start with Murray quoting Saint Paul in 1st Corinthians 15:33 “Be not deceived; evil associations corrupt good manners”. Paul is here noting a Christian ethic that will and can be corrupted by evil associations. Murray goes on to capture the sense of these differences in meaning that ethics might have.
“When we use the word ‘ethics’ to designate a way of life we are not necessarily using the expression ‘way of life’ in an appreciative sense. It may be used depreciatively…”
“This specialized use of the expression ‘the way’ comprehends all that is distinctive of the Christian faith as ‘the way’ of righteousness,…”
“If ethics is concerned with manner of life and behavior, biblical ethics is concerned with the manner of life and behavior which the Bible requires and which the faith of the Bible produces….”
“While we may use the word ‘conduct’ or ‘behavior’ to denote the sum-total of the actions which constitute the pattern of life, yet behind all overt action is the dispositional character or complex which is the psychological determinant of action. Hence ethics must take into account the dispositional complex of which the overt act is the expression. This is to say, biblical ethics has paramount concern with the heart out of which are the issues of life.”
“The conduct that is in view in ethics, even when conduct is considered in terms of overt action, is not simply the aggregate of actions. Ethic views actions in their organic relations to one another. There is a certain unity and coherence of pattern; each action stands related to the others and cannot be understood or assessed except in that relationship.”
“The behavior with which biblical ethics is concerned is not simply the behavior of individuals; the principles of society bears intimately upon all ethical studies and it bears also upon biblical ethics. Hence the biblical ethics takes account, not only of individuals as individuals and of their behavior as such, but of individuals in their corporate relationships. There is corporate responsibility and there is corporate action.”
“…there is no prefect pattern of behavior exemplified in the individual…” so said Murray but as he has revealed (above) there is a pattern of behavior unique to Christianity were service to his fellow man is placed on a higher ethical plane with standards taken from the Bible so that the Christian will have the higher authority as something he is continually aware of and as a true believe in Jesus Christ will try and raise his standards of behavior to meet this new found biblical goals in an attempt to glorify God.
As the country drifts further and further away from any belief in Jesus Christ with no biblical understanding and no fear of God “Ethic’s” becomes an adjusted pattern of conduct that is something in constant flux with no higher authority.
Allow me to quote this from Pastor Matthew J. Trewhella “The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate” 2013—-Pg.29
“Men should not respect ‘the rule of law’ just because it is ‘the rule of law’ rather we respect it because as Blackstone said; it does not contradict the law of God. This is why Western Civilization respected the rule of law nearly 1500 years, precisely because it was based upon the law of God.”
Natural law tied directly to social contract will always have God’s law as their highest authority and laws will be written reflecting those suppositions. If not—-as the Progressive/Atheist takes control the country and culture, they will both slide further and further into the abyss of evilness.
Now back to the initial question; What happens if unjust or tyrannical laws are put in place? We must find the lesser magistrate who will.
1/ Understands the rule of law and the doctrine of the lesser magistrate.
2/ Research the issue and have a Biblical understanding of the correct application of God’s law in the issues involved.
3/ Have the lesser magistrate willing to defend the ‘Biblical’ position.
The understanding of Biblical ‘Ethics’ ‘Conduct’ and ‘Principles’ is a must and the fact we are becoming less & less of a Christian nation will in the end have profound repercussions on the country and culture—as we lose “THE WAY”.
We Shall See—-Don’t you think?