I am trying to ask a serious question here, though I may be doing it wrong, coming from a misleading perspective or something. I don’t know. I thought about it a bit and couldn’t figure out how to ask it so I am just going to toss it out there and see how stupid I look when the dust settles.
Libertarians are well known for comparing government and criminal organizations. Often stated by them is something along the lines of, “When a man sticks a gun to your head and says give me your money or I will do horrible things to you, that is robbery. Why is it OK simply because the government does it? Why is it not still robbery?”
My response to my libertarian friends has always been along the lines of quoting St Paul, that God has placed our governments in charge over our lives in order to protect the good and punish the evil. This costs money and thus Jesus tells us to render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s."
But what if the government becomes evil? What if the government instead of punishing evil instead begins to reward it? What if the church and all Bible based Christian denominations become persecuted and harassed on a regular basis by the government?
Is there a point at which the government is no longer sanctioned by God and we are under no obligation to obey it? And who decides when this point has arrived?
Or perhaps is there no limit at all to what a government can do, we are still obligated to obey?