Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Sadam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Barak Obama, George Bush, George Washington, King George, etc., etc. History books and opinion makers teach us to recognise each one as a good person or a bad person, a hero to follow or a villain to war against.
"Judge not." (Matthew 7:1, Luke 6:37, John 7:24).
"For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside (of the Church)? Do you not judge those who are inside (of the Church)? 13 But those who are outside (of the Church) God judges." (1 Corinthians 5:12-13 NKJV)
The Word of God commands not to judge people. And yet, worldly people judge other people all the time, talking of them as being good or bad, holding them up as a hero to follow or a villain to war against. News reports and history books, political pundits and protesters, film makers and popular singers make their judgments of people widely accepted. And the world is divided up into groups of good guys and bad guys along with their respective sympathizers. This judging causes lasting divisions among people into various hostile factions, political parties, ethnic groups, and warring camps. And too often, the world condemns the innocent while acquitting the guilty. Jesus Christ Himself was regarded as a bad guy by the Jews who coerced the Romans into murdering Him. This judging is not the way of peace. Leave that judging to God. God judges those who are outside of the Church so we do not have to.
But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, "'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead) (Romans 10:6-7 NKJV)
Jesus said to Pontius Pilate, "You could do nothing against Me unless it were given you from Heaven." and, "Not a bird falls from the sky without My Father knowing it."
Paul wrote that every government is established by God to reward those who do good and punish those who do evil."
Paul quoted Isaiah saying, "There is none righteous, none that do good ..." and "The wages of sin is death," and, "All have sinned."
Therefore, we have all sinned, there is not anyone truly innocent, we all deserve death excepting only those who have been forgiven by God through Christ. It is only by the mercy of God that any of us are still alive. So if God in His righteous wisdom judges to withhold said mercy and use a government He established to punish certain evildoers, that is His just judgment to do so. What God justly performed by water at the Flood, destroying as evildoers every man, women and child of the whole world excepting Noah's family, He justly can do again by government at the Holocaust. Judge not! It is not the place of mere men to judge God (for allowing such events). It is not the place of mere men to judge governments (who punish people as evildoers), either. It is not even the place of mere men to judge among us who is a "good person" or "bad person.". God will judge those who are outside the Church so we do not have to.
"Whoever destroys God's Temple, God will destroy." "Know you not that you, (the Church), are the Temple of God?"
If God chooses to destroy those who work to destroy the Church, (the Community of Christianity), that is God's judgment to make. "I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you." The Jewish people of Eastern Europe of the early 20th Century had been very over represented in the atheist, communist overthrow of the Christian empire of czarist Russia, resulting in the destruction of many Christians. And they were preparing to bring that to the rest of (largely Christian) eastern Europe, Germany, western Europe and the world. If God chose to exercise His righteous judgment to punish them for it, that is His prerogative. It is not our place to judge these matters, demonizing those government agents of God's wrath involved in carrying out God's judgment.
"They are ministers of God's wrath ... and they do not bear the sword in vain."
Hitler may well be a minister of God's wrath against the evildoers of that period in which he was a government leader.
"Civil disobedience" is only permissible when there is actual New Testament commandment contradicting government law.
The world has their world religions, their mythologies of good and evil, their pantheons of heroes and villains. In America, the current public mythology is that people like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa and Abraham Lincoln are the unquestionable "good guys" and people like Hitler & the Nazis, Stalin & the Communists, the KKK and the Confederates, etc. are the "bad guys." Other people in other countries have their own lists of good guys and bad guys. Often one culture's bad guys are another culture's good guys. The people of the world make these judgments all the time and arguing amongst themselves over it. They then go on to say, "God must not exist if He allows such monsters as Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, etc. to commits such sins against innocent Jews, etc." But all they are really saying is, "The God of Jesus Christ is not compatible with our ideas of good and evil, heroes and villains; God is not as righteous a judge as we are." But I say to the world, "Who do you people think you are to judge? Who are you to decide who is good or bad? You are not qualified at all! And yet you insist on judging people all the time, exploding with hostility if your judgments are even questioned for a moment because of your self-righteous arrogance. Humble yourselves and learn true righteousness from God! And you can begin by refusing to make and believe such human judgments regarding their fellow man.
Michael Brown v. Darrin Wilson
Treyvon Martin v. George Zimmerman
Rosa Parks v. White Bus Driver
Martin Luther King v. George Wallace
Al Sharpton v. Pat Buchanan
Jesse Jackson v. David Duke
Winston Churchill v. Adolf Hitler
Allies v. Axis
Jews v. Nazis
Israelis v. Arabs
America v. Soviet Union
Ghandi v. British Colonialists
Every nation-culture-society-ethnicity has its own pantheon of heroes and villains. Each one is judged to be a hero or a villain by the popular moral code, (the de facto state religion if you will), of the world's various ...
These people have been judged by the current popular moral code of our nation-culture-society-ethnicity and labeled either good or evil, heroes or villains. Arguments erupt if this process is questioned. Other nations-cultures-societies-ethnicities have their own pantheons of heroes and villains that are often at odds with our own.
1 Corinthians 4:3-5
3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.