Your Two Cents: America’s Beginnings

This will be my last straight up political post for a while because like I said, I’m not a political person and I get tired of talking about it pretty quickly. But this question came up a couple months back when I sat down with some teenagers for coffee and discussion and I wasn’t sure how to answer. I alluded to it very briefly at the end of my last post, but I think it needs to be explored a little more. Here’s the question:

Were the American colonists morally justified in rebelling against England and fighting for independence?

Where in the Bible does it say that the people are free to overthrow governments they don’t like? John Locke said that the people should overthrow bad governments, but the Bible tells us to submit to the leaders as long as that submission doesn’t conflict with our duty to Christ. I’m not sure that having taxes we don’t like falls into that category. So what do you think? Can this be justified or were the colonists wrong to rebel?