Jesus Is an Anarchist
Jesus on Government Courts: Avoid Them!
Another thing which is
quite congruent with Jesus's above warning to lawyers is Jesus's advice
for the faithful to avoid the government's courts if at all possible:
"Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him,
lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to
the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Assuredly, I say to you, you
will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny."
Luke 12:57-59: "Yes,
and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right? When you go
with your adversary to the magistrate, make every effort along the way to
settle with him, lest he drag you to the judge, the judge deliver you to
the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I tell you, you shall
not depart from there till you have paid the very last mite."
Needless to say,
government judges are also lawyers, so Jesus's advice here fits in with
His warning to lawyers. It also completely demolishes the notion that
Jesus considers what the government's positive law regards as
"authorities" to be true authorities – or otherwise Jesus would have no
problem with such government judges resolving disputes among the faithful.
In fact, Paul absolutely confirms this notion in 1 Corinthians 6:1-8:
Dare any of you,
having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not
before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?
And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the
smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much
more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments
concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are
least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so,
that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to
judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law against brother, and
that before unbelievers! Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for
you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept
wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? No, you yourselves
do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!
And this also
conclusively demonstrates that the "authorities" that Paul spoke of in
Romans 13 could not possibly have been the "authorities" as so regarded by
the government – as Paul said that the government judges "are least
esteemed by the church to judge"! Thus it is clear that he considered them
to be no authority at all!
And so also James
writes in James 2:6:
But you have
dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the
It needs to be pointed
out that most of the rich in the days in which the above passage was
written were rich due to grants of privilege by the government –
particularly that of collecting taxes. Thus when James writes in the above
of the rich oppressing the faithful and dragging them into the courts he
is speaking of actual violations of individuals' just property rights, and
not of individuals reneging on voluntary contracts in which they had
entered into. And this brings us naturally to the next point which needs
to be made: