Here’s a question for American conservative thinkers: Was the American Revolution morally justified? Was it pleasing in God’s eyes for the Patriots to rebel against King George? Or did that rebellion amount to rebellion against a God-ordained authority, and therefore rebellion against God Himself?
If you answered, “Yes, the revolution of 1776 was justified,” then here’s a second question: Why is it not also justifiable to rebel against the current tyranny? I’m not talking about writing letters or signing petitions or even filing lawsuits. I’m talking about the willingness to break from authority when those milder attempts fail. If the Patriots were right to rebel against the unjust tea tax, how much more ought we to reject the abortion tax!
But maybe you answered, “No, the Scriptural mandate is to render taxes and obedience to those in authority, no exceptions. King George was the human authority at the time, and so rebellion against him was immoral and unjustified.” Consider that this amounts to an admission that the result of that unjustified rebellion – the United States – is in essence an outlaw state. It is a make-believe government, based from its beginning upon a criminal act of treason. Why then should there be any moral scruples about disobeying such an unlawful authority?
Either way, the legitimate authority argument leads to the same conclusion: that a tax strike is morally and scripturally justified.