We’re living in interesting times.
Christians are feeling challenged, after seeming defeats with regard to marriage rights and religious monuments. I don’t see them as defeats. I see them as the laws of the land being correctly interpreted. I think in both cases, the courts got things right.
What’s been more disturbing for me is those of my brothers and sisters in Christ who rail about how issuing a marriage license goes against their religious beliefs, ignoring the Biblical calls to obey the laws of Man. Romans 13:1-7 is clear: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. (emphasis added) Yeah, next time you complain about the President, let that verse rattle around in your head. Or consider 1 Peter 2:13-14, where we’re told to “Submit…to every human authority.” Again in Titus, Paul tells the missionary to “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient.”
Why then do Christians think the best display of their love for Christ is to disobey laws? How is that living the Gospel? If we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, shouldn’t we do what He tells us to do?
If you are a public official, you can’t hide behind religious convictions to avoid doing something you think the Bible teaches against, because that very same Bible tells you to submit to your leaders. Your job involves obeying the law, and making sure others obey the law. You gave up any supposed religious exemption when you took that job in the public trust, and God’s Word never gave you the exemption you think it did.