Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. – 1 Peter 2:13-15
Rebellion is practically idolized in America today. In fact, one of the most popular movies and movie icons of all time is James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause.” Of course, this should come as no surprise given that our country was founded upon the idea of moral and social independence. Yet, how does all this defiance equate within the lives of those who follow Christ? Could there ever be a case for civil disobedience?
Yes, I believe there could be, but Peter in his instructions to the persecuted churches of his day made it clear that our greatest weapon is not violence or angry debate, but rather works of righteousness. When believers stand against inequity and injustice, we should make every attempt to do so within the bounds of civility and civil authority.
In other words, it is right to fight against the wrongs of this world but let us do it with the aim to win everyone involved.
We are twice armed if we fight with faith. – Plato
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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