How Do You Engage in Conversation with a Christian Anarchist?



apparently somebody has been having a conversation with a person who identifies themselves as a Christian anarchist and wants to know how to proceed effectively I'm chuckling because I I guess I've heard of such things now I think about it but it strikes me as odd because an anarchist to somebody who does not believe in government broadly and now I guess there are different types of anarchists and stuff I don't know exactly the nature of this particular anarchist but just taking the notion at face value it's isn't it strike doesn't strike you as somewhat oxymoronic like contradiction in terms to have a Christian anarchist for one the Christian the Christians were first called or I should say the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch all right so Christians are disciples of Christ a disciple as a discipline follower that is somebody who's under somebody else okay and that person is not just under Christ but Christ came proclaiming the kingdom of God the king over his domain the kingdom king domain that's love right that's authority so the Christian is someone who has come back under the government of God as it appropriately construed in the New Covenant period so in the beginning God created the heavens in the earth so from the beginning of our story we have a king and his domain we have a kingdom that's the basic theme of the Bible and that kingdom suffered a rift when Adam would disobeyed God and went off on his own anarchist Adam became an anarchist he I want to do it myself human autonomy out from underneath the authority of God and the appeal of the New Testament of the entire Bible really is is an appeal for restoration of that proper relationship a man under God's Authority back in the kingdom of God or the king of heaven different ways to express the same thing and so we are called back to the kingdom first by walking through the door Christ provides because we are rebels and we're under need of forgiveness and we get forgiveness through Jesus and that brings us then back under the appropriate authority of God and we are walking under that authority and so Christians can't be on our kists by definitions because they are under God's Authority but somebody might say yes but that's God's authority not man's Authority and so man's Authority is expressed in government's and so I don't have to obey those government's I could be kind of on my own or whatever and I said wait a minute where did government come from governments are attained by God for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right among other things so governments aren't just out there somewhere doing the wrong thing I mean as an institution obviously many governments are doing their own thing but as an institution God gave governments and this is why we're told over and over and over again and if you want a couple of references just look at first Peter chapter 2 and chapter 3 I believe or maybe chapter 4 but chapter 2 has a lot about it submit therefore to the governor to the king all in authority so that by doing the right thing you can silence the objectors basically as what Peter is saying and so the nature of Christianity is to be under Authority first under God's Authority and then those authorities that he has ordained like government like parents like pastors that's also by the way in 1st Peter chapter 5 so so we have we throughout scripture in a couple of very very significant places we have references to authorities we are to be under in one of those authorities is government there are some exceptions to obedience to government but in general were to obey the exceptions are exceptions and other kinds of Authority and all of these things represent expressions of the authority of God so dance Christian and our kists where does that come from I don't care you




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