You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Is it ever ok for Christians to disobey the law?”
What would you say?
People should obey the law. Social order is good and our laws preserve the social order. If people only obeyed the laws they like, the result would be chaos. But what about when laws are bad? Should Christians obey bad laws too? The next time someone says that Christians should always obey the law, in all cases, remember these four things.
First, God created Government. Christians show submission to God by submitting to authorities God created.
Second, Christians should obey the law. God calls Christians to be obedient, faithful citizens, even in cases of bad leadership.
Third, working within the law to challenge bad laws is not only acceptable for Christians, it may be an obligation.
Fourth, Christians cannot obey man’s laws if it conflicts with God’s law. Both scripture and church history are filled with evidence that the duty to obey man’s law ends when it calls for disobedience to God’s law.
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