Shall we obey our government?

wedding ringsA little over a month ago I preached a sermon at our little church about how we are to respond to our government. ; It was one of the last in a series on the doctrinal statement of our church.

Our doctrinal statement says the following…

Section 6.11 On Civil Government
We believe that civil government is ordained by God in the interests of law and order within society, and that we should therefore pray for the governing authorities. We also believe we must honor and obey them in everything that is not contrary to the teachings of the Bible.
Romans 13:1-7; Acts 5:17-32

The sermon slides are here in PDF form.

The real challenge I tried to convey in the sermon is that we constantly have to make choices to obey our government, which God put in place over us and the laws that the government proposes. ; There are times when the laws or ways of the government will come into conflict with our understanding of God and His Word.

What are we to do when they are in conflict?

  • We look to God’s Word for direction.
  • We pray to God asking for direction.
  • We remember that we are fighting a spiritual battle.
  • We remember that we are citizens of heaven.
  • We remember that the Lord is the refuge of the oppressed.
  • We remember that the Lord is still in control.

Here is a story about a women who is doing exactly what the sermon was about. ; She is balancing what her government is asking her to do and what her Lord tells her to do. ; Please read the story and be encouraged by her brave sacrifice.

New York town clerk quits over gay marriage licenses

Photo Credit: ; by Ramriot

About plimtuna

I am just an average guy trying to find his way along this journey of life. I am definitely middle aged. I am definitely happily married with a wife and two children. Personally, I have a passion for things eternal. Professionally, I have a passion for things that are securely in control.
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2 Responses to Shall we obey our government?

  1. Gary says:

    Hi plimtuna,
    Just doing a vanity search and came across your most interesting blog and apologies up front but I am not posting to get into discussions of politics or religion (I keep more friends that way).
    So that aside my reason for posting is the image attached to this post:
    https://plimtuna.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/shall-we-obey-our-government/
    One of my better ones, It is great that you liked the image and I have no issues with it being on your blog, but would it be possible for you to put a link on the origin page http://www.flickr.com/photos/ramriot/2455145102/ on the image as this is my chosen form of attribution for my Creative Commons AT NC ND license.

  2. plimtuna says:

    Gary,

    Good hunting!

    Yes, I used your photo and I used the link at e bottom of the original post to give you credit. Maybe you missed it.

    Plimtuna.

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