Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Does a Christian have to obey all laws at all times?

Yes, Christians are supposed to subject themselves to those in positions of authority at all times. The only exception to this rule is when those in authority are requiring a Christian to do something that violates God’s will. God’s will trumps all. 

Christian citizens are to submit to the laws of the land (Romans 13). This means that even though as a citizen we might disagree with a particular law (like a posted speed limit) we still must obey. (In most societies, a citizen has legal ways to express displeasure with a law). The only time we have the Biblical right to disobey the government is when the government is commanding that we break God’s law. To this very point the Bible speaks. (Note: Acts 5:27-32)
When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. “He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. “And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
The same principle applies to parental law. A child is to obey a parent as long as a parent’s command does not violate God’s will. (Note: Ephesians 6:1) “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right”. This same thought also applies to the relationship of a slave to a master or employer to an employee. If one is in authority over us, we obey up to the point when we are asked to do something against God’s will. (Ephesians 6:5 - Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh).

Conclusion: Christians need to be law-abiding obedient people. Christians should work on being submissive to those in authority, with the understanding that we should never submit to an ungodly request or law.

By Cliff Sabroe (Quotes from NASB95 Bible)