The following is a post by JRM:
"'You cannot rebel against the United States as a citizen (or, as a citizen in another [c]ountry, in rebellion to ones [c]ountry [of] citizenship), and go unpunished, whether you like it or not.'
"Funny you should say that. Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, and others were English citizens subject to the British crown. They rebelled against that crown and went unpunished. (Granted, if the British troops had won, they would have been hanged.) I bring this up to make two points. One, rebellion is sometimes appropriate. Two, it is punished only if it fails."
True Pvblivs, but you are speaking of a revolution that involved many, many people fighting alongside Washington, Jefferson, etc. And certainly, if the British had won, they would have been punished. Satan has started a rebellion, and has many "angels" (we would probably call them demons) working along side him. And people who remain in rebellion against God, whether they recognize or admit that they are working along side of him or not, are. Yeshua said that we are either for Him, or against Him. Many people don't like that black and white, cut and dry statement. They like to think that they have nothing to do with the situation, and they are not necessarily for Him, nor are they against Him.
If the United States were at war on our own turf, each citizen would have to make clear who they were fighting with, and for. If anyone who was a citizen were found to be giving aid or comfort to the enemy, they would be punished. If the battle were near your home, in the streets so-to-speak, and you did not either take up a weapon, or give aid to US military or citizens - actually refused to give aid, you would be considered hostile to the US - a traitor. You would be punished.
There is a battle in the unseen (unseen does not mean non-existent) - and God will have the victory. In this instance, using your analogy, the "British" WILL BE hanging "Washington" and "Jefferson", if you catch my drift.
Yes, rebellion against a tyrant, or against evil is good. So ALL rebellion is not bad. But rebellion against what IS good, holy, just, and righteous IS bad.
Now, it looks to me that JRM does not say his god is "good, holy, just, and righteous" because he believes it. He says it because he is afraid of being punished as a "traitor." This god, if he exists, is a tyrant. And his followers follow only out of fear. Would any christian say his god was good if he weren't afraid of being thrown into some hell if he said he was evil?