• Civil Disobedience Devotional

    Acts 4:1–22

    Christians must always bend over backward to be models of good citizenship. Thus, we are to obey the law, pray for our leaders, and seek the common good of society. When the demands of God’s kingdom directly contradict the demands of the kingdom of men, we must follow the law of Christ. Nevertheless, we should expect the cases where we must disobey the state in order to obey the Lord to be rare. That is the testimony of Scripture and church history. View Resource

  • The Sword and the Keys Devotional

    Romans 13:3–7

    Based on the distinct vocations of the church and the state, the principle of the separation of church and state, rightly administered, is biblical. Unfortunately, the separation of church and state in our day is often distorted into the separation of the state and God. The state has no right to establish a state church, but it is still responsible to our Creator, and it must carry out its authority lawfully. It is never wrong for the church to rebuke the state for not doing its job. View Resource

  • Civil Obedience Devotional

    Romans 13:1–2

    It is easy to obey God’s command to submit to our earthly rulers when they rule wisely. It is much harder, on the other hand, to submit when we think our rulers are corrupt. The Lord often calls us to do hard things, however, and this includes obeying the rulers with whom we disagree. They are not to be followed absolutely, that is, we cannot justify sin by saying “the government told me to do it.” But the civil magistrate is to receive our deference and honor. View Resource

  • Legal Force Devotional

    Genesis 1:28

    There is much to be discouraged about when we look at the unjust laws that our ruling authorities have put on the books. However, we must also understand that even the most corrupt governments are signs of God’s grace. Anarchy is much worse because the lack of civil order makes it absolutely impossible for human beings to live and thrive. We should be aware of the faults of our rulers, but we should also thank the Lord that He uses them to restrain evil. View Resource

  • The Sword and the Keys Devotional

    Romans 13:3–7

    Chapter 23 of the Westminster Confession of Faith is an excellent summary of the biblical teaching on the relationship between the church and the state. According to the confession, Christians may lawfully engage the government and serve in its various offices. Yet we must do such things with wisdom lest we come to expect the state to manifest God’s kingdom. The sword cannot call lost sinners to God, only the Gospel can. View Resource

  • Civil Disobedience Devotional

    Acts 4:1–22

    Because of our fallen nature, it would be easy to twist the principle for Christian civil disobedience enumerated in today’s study into an excuse to avoid the Bible’s call that we submit to the government. Indeed, our fallen nature makes us prone to find any loophole we can in God’s law in order to render something less than true obedience. Beware of this tendency in your heart, but also remember that your allegiance belongs ultimately to Christ, not to the state. View Resource

  • Civil Obedience Devotional

    Romans 13:1–2

    Some of the laws and regulations in your country today may seem unnecessary. Nevertheless, in obedience to Scripture we must obey even these unless they lead us to sin. We should not be known as those who try to find ways around the laws of the land; rather, our scrupulous obedience should be a model for the unbelievers around us. We must never give the ruling authorities just cause to view us as a lawless people. View Resource

  • Legal Force Devotional

    Genesis 1:28

    All human governments are corrupt to one degree or another because they are all made up of corrupt human beings. Yet this does not mean we are permitted to be anarchists or to have nothing to do with the government. In fact, without human authorities, many of the freedoms we have would be impossible. Therefore, we should be grateful that God has given rulers to watch over us, and we should pray daily that they would make wise decisions. View Resource

  • Giving Caesar His Due Devotional

    Matthew 22:15–22

    Our Lord’s teaching is a useful principle for understanding when it is lawful to obey the state. As long as it does not claim for itself the rights that appropriately belong to God, Christians must obey the ruling authorities. This means we obey even when we do not agree with their tax rates, speed limits, or regulation of other parts of our lives. Do you obey the government when no biblical principle is violated even if you do not like the laws of the land? View Resource

  • Money and Inflation Devotional

    Proverbs 20:10

    Some have called inflation “the cruelest tax of all.” An artificial increase in the money supply is actually a type of oppression because it harms the poor and the elderly who live on fixed incomes. The biblical mandate to meet the needs of the orphan and widow is all the more urgent when inflation runs rampant. Do what you can to encourage fiscal discipline in the government and work with your church leaders to help the needy in your congregation. View Resource

  • Subject Yourselves Devotional

    1 Peter 2:13–14

    Though Scripture tells us that we must not submit to the ruling authorities when they command us to sin, there is the danger that we might take this principle too far. For example, how many times do people disobey tax laws because they think the government will not find out? Today’s passage tells us we must submit to all governing authorities. Endeavor to submit even to laws that are just though they might seem foolish. View Resource

  • Civil Government Devotional

    Romans 13:1–3

    In the face of evil government, Christians can hide from view and keep out of the way as much as possible. Though many formerly enslaved nations have been set free in recent years, there are still Christians who live in fear in places like Cuba, China, and Vietnam. Pray for these brothers and sisters in Christ today. View Resource