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GBNLIVE: The Christian and Civil Disobedience

Posted by Aaron Cozort

When, if ever, should a Christian intentionally disobey the laws of the land?  There are great Bible examples that we can study to help us answer this question.  The lives of Hannaniah, Mishael and Azariah provide us some valuable insight. Daniel, the hero of the lion’s den, experienced similar challenges to that of his three friends.  He “knew the writing was signed,” yet he prayed to God anyway (Daniel 6:10). In the New Testament, the confrontation between the apostles and the Jewish authorities who commanded them not to preach the risen Lord (Acts 4-5) showed their great faith.

How does Romans 13:1-7 harmonize with Acts 5:29? Is the Christian guaranteed to escape without a scratch (e.g. the fiery furnace, the lion’s den, miraculous delivery from prison)? Or should we expect beatings (Acts 5:40-41), martyrdom (Acts 7) or other persecution? Based upon Matthew 10:28 and II Timothy 3:12, should we be preparing for persecution?

Let’s go back to the Bible and examine biblical models to make sure we understand what they did. We can then apply the Biblical examples to the world in which we live today.

BJ Clarke and John DeBerry will join Mike Hixson in taking your calls and questions at 7:00 Central on GBN. Also scheduled to call in will be Dave Miller of Apologetics Press who will give insights to our country’s heritage of civil disobedience. Call in with your questions at 662-874-5508 or email them in advance to gbnlive@gbntv.org.