Yesterday, 2 middle-aged ladies from Jehovah Witnesses came knocking at my door. Of course I didn’t really talk to them for long as I was rushing out to work at that time. But they did inform me they would be following up with me on another day.
To be honest, I was quite curious to find out about them. Not that I am interested in joining the JW, but after hearing so much stories about them during my NS days, I really want to find out what is it that gave them such a notorious reputation.
Indeed, one of the ladies was aware of that and asked me what I knew about them. I replied, truthfully, that I didn’t really know much. All I knew was their young males are sent to Detention Barracks for 3 years to serve their NS, as they do not believe in submitting to the authority of the Govt.
Anyway, I was informed by the same lady that their beliefs were absolutely biblical.
That piqued my interest, as I do not ever remember any verse from the Bible which prohibits Christians from serving the nation. So I decided to pick up my Bible and this is what I found:
(Rom 13: 1-7)
1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
2 …he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.
4For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. …….
5… it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.
7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Granted, no govt are perfect and not all their decisions were good, but it is very clear from the above verses that there is no problems with Christians submitting to authorities. In fact, we are advised against NON- submission.
I would really love to talk to the JW ladies about it and hear what they have to say….