My last letter talked about the Biblical sinfulness of the Boston Tea Party of Dec. 16, 1773. This letter talks about the sinfulness of the Revolutionary War which started with the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775, when the colonists attacked some peacefully marching British troops whom they thought were going to seize their illegally stored weapons in Concord.
We need to keep in mind that England owned the land by Right of Discovery by John Cabot in 1498, and the colonies came by Charter granted by the King. Therefore, if colonists got unhappy with England they had the right to move...but they had no right to stay and disobey—and certainly not to stay and declare independence, for that would be stealing the land.
Perhaps the main problem was that the colonists had some wrong Biblical thinking. They believed that the colonies were to be a new Israel. This is not in the New Testament. In fact, Jesus said in Luke 17:21 that "The Kingdom of God is within you." They also said, "We have no king but King Jesus." That also was wrong. Paul in Rom.13 and Peter in 1 Pet.2 said we are to obey the human kings and government unless they tell us to disobey God (Acts 5:29). Also, Paul(Eph.6) and Peter(1 Pet.2) told slaves to obey their masters, even the bad ones. Do you think they would have been for the War? I don't.
Between 115,000 and 160,000 total people died because of the war, plus multiple injuries and much property damage. Nowhere in the N.T. did the Apostles do or advocate violence. Jesus told His apostles to "Go and make disciples of all nations (Matt.28:19) with no hint of violence or nation-building. Therefore a Christian's main goal in life is to help people become Christians through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord so they can have God in their life now and go to Heaven when they die instead of Hell where we all deserve to go. In fact, Apostle John said "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him (1 John 2).
It appears to me that instead of relying upon and waiting for God to help them politically (as historian John Warwick Montgomery said could have happened eventually) the colonists took matters into their own hands...and therefore were responsible for all of the deaths, injuries, and destruction.
The reader is encouraged to read 1 Pet, written by a former sword-swinger turned Word-swinger, and see if the Tea Party and War fit in.
Any reader who supports the Tea Party and War is also challenged to write this paper using a N.T. Bible verse to back that support. And please do not use Gal.5:1 because it refers to spiritual freedom, not physical.
Rev. Norman Heironimus