Biblical Response to Census and Surveys
Here is a call for the endurance and the faith of the saints.
At the foundations of this world G-d established His Word. He brought life onto this earth and it is by His hand it shall be taken. For G-d’s good pleasure alone did he take a census of His people.
The Shepherd alone cares for his family and herds.
He that is a hireling, and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, beholdeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth, and the wolf snatcheth them, and scattereth them.
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You are not the G-d or shepherd of G-d’s people and their property. Our lives are not ours but His. For G-d’s people to partake in census is to incur pestilence from the Almighty G-d.
We are shepherds and we refuse to allow asset predators to snatch, scatter and destroy our families and herds.
21 Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel. 2 So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Go, number Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me a report, that I may know their number. 3 But Joab said, “May the LORD add to his people a hundred times as many as they are! Are they not, my lord the king, all of them my lords servants? Why then should my lord require this? Why should it be a cause of guilt for Israel?” 4 But the kings word prevailed against Joab. So Joab departed and went throughout all Israel and came back to Jerusalem. 5 And Joab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to David. In all Israel there were 1,100,000 men who drew the sword, and in Judah 470,000 who drew the sword. 6 But he did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, for the kings command was abhorrent to Joab.”
7 But God was displeased with this thing, and he struck Israel. 8 And David said to God, I have sinned greatly in that I have done this thing. But now, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have acted very foolishly. 9 And the LORD spoke to Gad, Davidsseer, saying, 10 Go and say to David, “˜Thus says the LORD, Three things I offer you; choose one of them, that I may do it to you.” 11 So Gad came to David and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, “˜Choose what you will”:
- Three years of famine,
- Three months of devastation by your foes while the sword of your enemies overtakes you,
- Three days of the sword of the LORD,
- Pestilence on the land, with the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the territory of Israel.
Now decide what answer I shall return to him who sent me. 13 Then David said to Gad, I am in great distress. Let me fall into the hand of the LORD, for his mercy is very great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.
In sound mind and body and as a socially responsible individual I respectfully decline your invitation to participate in this survey or census. I am exercising my Constitutional God given right of religious freedom and as per mandate in Scripture refuse to be numbered in any census or survey that has not been ordained by God, Maker of Heaven and Earth. As you can see the consequences above are of a serious matter and I do not desire the judgment mentioned above to fall upon myself, family, friends, or yourselves.
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