Sedition in a political sense is defined as a stirring up of discontent, resistance, or rebellion against the government where the evidence is not absolute. It is not limited to simply stirring up trouble but also includes the rebellion that follows. Rebellion further means insurrection, which in turn is the act of actual rising up and defying the established authority.
The defiant act of insurrection too often leads to hate, murder, rape, property destruction, and a general distrust and lack of respect of law and authority. We see this much too often in our present day society. We have truly come to the point in time that the Apostle Paul spoke of in Second Timothy 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”
Perilous means dangerous and we can all agree that we are truly living in dangerous times. Not only are our present times dangerous because of the out of control fleshly manifestations of seditious insurrection, but the international rage of terror that is stalking our lands. Our schools, shopping centers, streets, and now even our homes and churches are no longer safe.
All of these discomforting actions stem from the depraved condition of the human heart. Matthew twenty-four gives a good description of our times. Christ foretold of conditions near the end of time, which include a lack of love, betraying one another, hating one another, mass deception, wars, pestilence, earthquakes, famines, etc.
While some of these are natural occurrences, many are man-made and can be controlled or minimized. Even the severity and prevalence of the natural elements could be a warning from God to get mankind to see the error of their ways. While this may be debatable by some, when you go deeper into the scriptural descriptions of our times when compared to times of other generations, one can wonder if this is not the case.
Consider what Jesus said about the generation of Noah’s time period. “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (38) For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, (39) And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matt. 24:37-39).
The Scriptures describe Noah as a preacher of righteousness who warned the people of his time of the coming judgment, but they ignored the warning just as people are doing today. The Scriptures says they knew not until it was too late for them to be saved. They knew not because they willingly chose not to know and the same is true in our generation. Not knowing of the warnings will cause one to be lost.
Jesus was led away to be crucified because the people desired the release of a rebellious murderer who was caught up in the vile act of insurrection (a form of sedition) to a righteous man who was innocent.
First Samuel 15:23 tells us: “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” By this scripture one can see how God feels about the work of the flesh called sedition.
The Apostle Paul warned us to avoid those who have the mindset of division in Romans16:17 and 18: “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. (18) For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”
Walter Lofton is a local pastor at the Church of God in Seth and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org