By John O. Reid
A sovereign is a ruler, a monarch. Such a person has the authority to reign, to make laws, and to mete out punishments. When one claims sovereignty, he puts himself on an extremely lofty pedestal. Webster’s Dictionary defines sovereignty as “supreme excellence or an example of it; supreme power especially over a body politic; freedom from external control: autonomy; controlling influence; one that is sovereign.”
When “citizen” is added to the mix, a strange oxymoron results. A citizen is one who lives in a certain place and is subject to its laws. Granted, citizenship implies being entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman, but these rights and privileges are bestowed by law and common consent, not by individual sovereignty. A sovereign citizen feels he is totally in charge, free from all external authority and influence.
The last verse of Judges perfectly describes what is happening today : “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25) It is this attitude that the sovereign citizenship movement holds; it is in reality rebellion against the laws of man in this society. They ” reject the laws of the land and do what they feel is right.
But is this what God wants?
Rebellion is “the act of rebelling; revolt; open resistance to, or defiance of any authority or control.” Does this idea have a familiar ring to it, especially considering Satan’s rebellion described in Isaiah 14? God hates rebellion, comparing it to witchcraft: “For rebellion is as the sinof witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. (I Samuel 15:23).
From Satan’s insurrection, God knows the price of rebellion. A rebellious, stubborn, unsubmissive heart will destroy one whom He has called, denying him entrance into the Kingdom of God. God will not allow anyone into His Kingdom whom He cannot rule!
John O. Reid
COCORIOKO COMMENTS :
PRESIDENT ERNEST KOROMA is the constitutional sovereign of Sierra Leone. He is the Fountain of justice . He is the only elected President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. He rules in concert with the constitution and he enjoys the presidential prerogatives entitled to every sovereign .We do not have another President of Sierra Leone anywhere else, whether in Babuda, the Red Sea or America.