• When Disobedience Is Required

    Acts 4:1–22

    Choosing to obey Christ when His commands conflict with the state’s may earn us the designation of criminals or traitors. But that should not dissuade us from submitting first to Christ’s commandments before we do what the government says. Let ...Read More

  • When the State Turns Beastly

    Revelation 13

    Identifying the precise moment when a state becomes beastly can be difficult. Nevertheless, it is possible for the state to turn on God and His people, and we must be vigilant so that we notice when this happens. If we ...Read More

  • Church and State

    Acts 25:1–12

    The history of church-state relations is messy, and often the church has ended up compromised, blessing sinful aims of certain states. It is far better for the church and the state to respect the division God has ordained. When the ...Read More

  • Obedience to Civil Authorities

    Romans 13:1–7

    Civil authorities do not have to be perfect or even Christian for us to obey them. We are to obey even the mandates we consider silly or onerous if doing so does not require us to break God’s law. In ...Read More

  • The Purpose of Government

    Genesis 1:28

    God intended government to help us fulfill the task given to all people, so we should not view the existence of government in itself as a necessary evil. In particular, government is a blessing as long as it sticks to ...Read More

  • Established by God

    Romans 13:1b

    As we will see, God’s authority supersedes the authority of the civil government, so we must have a nuanced view of civil obedience and disobedience. Still, that the Lord establishes civil governments reveals that government is not evil in itself. ...Read More

  • Giving God and Government Their Due

    Mark 12:13–17

    That Caesar has things that belong to him does not mean that he has a right to everything that he claims for himself. Believers give to God the things that are God’s, and what belongs to Him is supreme authority ...Read More

  • God and State

    Amos 2:1

    How Christians and churches live out their roles as prophetic voices in the civic process is a matter of some complexity. One thing is clear, however, and that is that believers cannot be silent when babies are aborted, sexual immorality ...Read More

  • A Division of Labor

    1 Peter 3:13–14a

    God is a God of order, not a God of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33). Thus, it makes sense that He would establish an orderly division of labor in His creation. This division of labor goes beyond church and state, of ...Read More

  • Adam’s Fall And God’s Response

    Romans 5:12–21

    Men and women stand or fall before God based on the identity of their federal head. All people start out under Adam’s headship, condemned to death and destruction. But when we believe, we come under the headship of Christ and ...Read More