Is Doing Whatever Government Tells you to do biblical?
This is a great question we received on one of our social media sites. I address it here because, in our society, this question confounds the hearts of many Christians today. Therefore, it warrants being addressed soundly and biblically.
In the life of Jesus, He addressed this question. Let's look at a few examples in hopes they will answer it. Here is the first: Mark 12:13-17. Jesus' response was clear: give to the government what is theirs, and to God what is His. The second is the one I aim to live my life by. "Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world" (John 18:36, English Standard Version). The kingdom of God is "not eating or drinking but righteous, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Romans 14:17). Finally, Paul also addresses this when listing the fruit of the spirit, which also encapsulates this answer. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV).
Both Jesus and Paul in these examples make it clear. We as Christians are in the world but not of the world. Therefore, our motivations and even responses are prompted by the love of God, not the laws of men. This being established, the ideas to obey the Law of God and the laws of government are not opposing; they run concurrently with the Kingdom of God revealed through the peaceful actions of men affecting the laws of the government.
In every situation, we must use the example and teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ to decide what to do, being led by His Spirit. It's not an easy task to choose to bless and not curse, peace and not war, even at times suffering for the cause of Christ, instead of personal comfort and justification. Yet, this is the way of our Lord and as His disciples, we emulate Him.
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