VII. Methods of Resistance

There is no need to rush when it comes to throwing off a self-imposed tyranny. God will eventually destroy it. His people must work to replace it, not through violence, but through principled non-violent resistance and political mobilization.[1]

The resistance movement is in its infancy. A premature call to violence or direct confrontation with the existing religious-political establishment would inevitably be counter-productive. There are better ways, more bureaucratic ways, to achieve a measure of success-ways that will also provide the necessary training for the politically unskilled Christians of today.[2]

Some of the main obstacles for Christians today come from bureaucracies. They are not profit, market, or customer oriented. Members of bureaucracies generally have great difficulty losing their jobs, partially because their accountability level is not very high; not much is expected of them.

Why should they be at work on time, or work hard? Why should they “stay back to get a job finished?” It will still be there tomorrow. They will still get paid and keep their jobs, regardless.

If believers are being opposed by a bureaucracy, Christians must:

A.  Understand Their Enemy:

Our enemies are vulnerable. We do not recognize this vulnerability, which is part of their mystique. When we see the “soft underbelly” of modern bureaucracy, we can design resistance tactics to take advantage of these weaknesses. We must learn to choose the battlefields to our advantage, and to take away the advantages our opponents enjoy on their own turf. The fundamental weaknesses of bureaucracy are these:

a) Dependence on politicians for a budget.

b) Vulnerability to political mobilization.

c) A fear of being embarrassed publicly.

d) Complex rule books that no one is quite sure about.

e) Fear of making an exposed procedural mistake.

f) Fear of legal precedents going against them.

g) Fear of law suits, especially personal.

h) Fear of publicity.

i) Lack of skills with the media.

j) Unfamiliarity with determined, religious resistance.

k) Personnel with limited abilities.

l) High-paid jobs of limited responsibility.

m) Fear of superiors (no more promotions). [3]

B.  Be Devoted to Prayer:

If the church encounters systematic resistance by the civil government, then it must adopt a specific type of prayer. The congregation must pray that specific officials who are resisting God’s kingdom be eliminated from their officers, or else change their minds. In every meeting of the church, the pastor or praying elder must specifically pray against this man’s actions, calling on God to change the man’s mind as He directs the heart of kings (Prov. 21:1), or else remove the man, as He removes kings (Dan. 2:21). This means that the church’s leaders must strive to discover just who is blocking the church within the local or state bureaucracy. Other churches must be ready to pray with the besieged church, once the facts of the matter plainly identify the culprit. When churches begin to pray publicly against each other’s enemies, they will become a force to be reckoned with. [4]

[1] North, G., “Priorities and Dominion,” 1999, ch.44.

[2] “Theology…,” p.51.

[3] “Tactics…,” p.189.

[4] “Tactics…,” p.186-187.

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