Protest

Boston Tea Party This is April 14, and I will thus file my taxes tonight…one day early than the norm 🙂 Tomorrow, there are hundreds of "tea parties" scheduled to occur across the country. There are supposedly up to 2,500 of these taking place tomorrow, on tax day, as a protest against taxation and spending of the Obama Administration. Though I expect the tea parties will be viewed by some as sophomorish, uninformed gatherings of right-wingers–these parties are actually being thrown by both political parties, and even the fringe parties. Government officials, senators, governors, and others are participating in them.

I'm not a big protest guy. For the most part, it's because protests that occur in today's world seem either cheesy, out-of-touch, or out-of-hand (see the G-20 protestors). Yet, I can't help but be thankful for many of the civil rights protests of yesteryear. So…I'm torn. Here are my questions:

  • Should Christians protest?
  • Over what?
  • and … how do Christians protest?
  • If you are a pro-protest person, answer this: When would a protest cease to be godly?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. I believe that most of the people that were and are protesting are doing so from not a fiscal view point, but from a moral view point. Sure, taxes are too high but the outrage is happening because people are waking up to what this administration represents. Abortion rights, gay marriage rights, etc. I find it hard to believe that Christians are not more concerned about how where this country is headed. To myself and alot of other people the tea parties are really a spiritual protest. I know that we are to respect our leaders but I also believe that we should speak up about such horrific wrongs that God clearly abhors. Amy

  2. Dean, a fair question…but it doesn’t seem to me that a lack of previous protest would necessarily invalidate what they were protesting…or their right to it. I, like you, wouldn’t want to see a person protest government fiscal policy, and fail to protest other–perhaps more worthwhile and protest worthy things.

  3. For those Christians that have never protested anything in their lives, what does it say about them that taxes (money) is the first thing they choose to protest?

  4. I don’t have a problem with Christians who want to engage in a peaceful demonstration/protest. Of course, I hope that the cause they are fighting for is part of the cause of God.
    As for the “tea parties”… I do not know about the current tea parties but given what Paul writes about surrendering to the governing authorities in Romans 13 (something written to a group of Christian who would be treated less than fairly by the government), I have severe questions as to how our “national ancestors”, many of whom were Christians, ever believed the Boston Tea Party was a moral action on their part.
    Grace and peace,
    Rex