My Thoughts. . .
Most Christians would agree with the following sentiments:
“God demands that we show respect, honor and submission to the rulers of this land. We must obey the laws of the land in which we live.”
The only problem with that statement, we don’t practice it. Some would be offended by that statement and swear on a dozen Bibles that they always obey the law. Really?
We do keep the laws of the land except when we drive 39 mph in a 30-mph section of the city. What is our justification for driving 9 mph over the posted speed limit? The answer is simple. We claim our “right” to disobey the law which is: 1) Everyone else is doing it, so I’m going with the flow. Here is another on: 2) the police will not stop me unless I exceed 41 mph. They will allow me to speed.” 3) Law makers knew that was a stupid law and expect us to disobey it. 4) A few might argue that disobedience of the law is “when specific laws of the land are contrary to the laws of God, we don’t have to obey them (Acts 5:29).” The problem with those choices is that they remain acts of disobedience to the law. In our righteous thinking, those exceptions justify that disobedience. That fourth choice is interesting. Just because the officers of the law don’t enforce the law, doesn’t mean we should disobey. What if officers looked the other way when we beat someone up and put them in the hospital because they deserved it, would our actions merit God’s pat on the back? Some might agree that such action was needed and justifiable.
Different ones in society applauded abortion when the Supreme Court made it legal in 1973. Although it began by protecting the unborn after 24 weeks of pregnancy, its proponents are now arguing for its practice to continue after birth. Some claim that God approves of such to “protect the rights of the woman”! Weren’t those the same “rights” used by Nazi Germany in 1939 to 1945 to annihilate over six million Jews? Did it not exist in the early nineteenth century, when Indians were considered savages and an hindrance to Western expansion? In the forties, some esteemed preachers spoke out against African American preachers because they were not on the same social plateau as God fearing white preachers. It was the same attitude being justified by those who believed they had God given rights which God had not blessed others with.
There are those in our government who despise Christianity and want it locked away. We acclimate ourselves to those changes, just as six million Jews walked into those gas chambers. Our children attend public schools that promote Humanism which denies certain rights to some. They want us to believe truth is relative and morals are not absolutes. In the past sixty years we have been increasingly deluged with that philosophy. Isn’t our society mimicking those mentioned in the book of Judges who “did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25)? That Humanism is man’s attempt to eradicate God’s absolutes.
We have politicians who claim they are doing God’s will while simultaneously declaring there is no God. Would Paul and Peter command saints today to obey the very laws which demand their silence and death? Are we to be the silent minority when laws allow Christians to be treated like six million Jews were between 1939 to 1945? When may a believer disobey the government when a state or federal law is “contrary to the laws of God?”
We say one thing and practice another. How many business do Christians frequent that support abortion? How many are more aligned with Humanistic goals than those of Jesus? What will Christians do when all businesses support things that are contrary to God’s will? Will we acclimate or violate? Sometimes we say and do not. Sometimes we’re good at preaching but poor in practicing. We know how to tell others the way they should live, but hypocritical in our way of doing it.
Peter told the Jewish council, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” How far are we allowed to go in our disobedience to the government?
Just my thoughts. Solutions? No, just questions.