Are human laws, laws set up by governments, safe to
There is one fact that all individuals must always
remember, and that is, that without laws humanity would descend into sheer
anarchy. No one would be safe; in a lawless society we can actually
As Christians we should be first to abide by the laws of
the land for the sake of peace and security, and the orderly running of the
country. In fact the Bible tells us to honour the government and respect
its laws. We read in the book to the Romans, (Rom 13:1 KJV) Let every
soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the
powers that be are ordained of God.
(Rom 13:2 KJV) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the
ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
(Rom 13:3 KJV) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.
Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou
shalt have praise of the same:
(Rom 13:4 KJV) For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do
that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is
the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
These texts tell us that God has appointed the
establishment of governments for the sake of the orderly running of any
country; they also tell us that we must submit to the laws of the land.
So Christians must respect their governments and obey their laws. The
only time when the Christian and the government come into conflict is when the
government takes it upon itself to abrogate or annul the moral laws of God and
set up conflicting laws. Very often the government has a very difficult
task to do. They have to make laws to safeguard society, and at the same
time they may be forced by members of the government to make laws that pander
to the wants and wishes of the rich, the salacious, and the ungodly (atheist).
It is when these types of laws are enacted, that they can conflict with the
laws of God, and in so doing they put the Christian in an unenviable position.
Apart from these factors, the Christian is to be
respectful and obedient to the laws of the land. God is a God of order
and would wish His creation to be so as well. Concerning this we read in
the Bible, (1 Cor 14:33 KJV) For God is not the author of confusion, but of
peace, as in all churches of the saints. Of the vast universe the Bible
says, (Isa 40:26 KJV) Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created
these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by
names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one
Yes, friends, if God can order the universe, should He not expect our
governments to enact laws for the safe keeping of society? Of course.
May God grant us Christians the wisdom to support our governments in that
which is right and good for society. God bless.
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