We need to be reminded of the responsibility as American patriots, and the influence of the Higher Power. If not, we will learn the old adage, “the best things in life are appreciated most after they have been lost.”
Romans 13:1, “For there is no power but of God: The powers that be are ordained of God.”
When is it right for a Christian to disregard the ruler of the state or country? There are 3 areas that the Bible mentions. These are to be Biblical reasons and not the personal whims or fancies in disobeying a law or ruler.
1. The Christian can disobey if the ruler or state commands him to do something that the Bible forbids (unholy, immoral). In Daniel 3, the Bible cites the 3 Hebrew youth, who refused to worship other gods.
2. The Christian can disobey if the ruler or state interferes with his worship. From Daniel 6, Daniel was justified in disobeying the ruler and kept on praying.
3. The Christian can disobey if the ruler or state dictates to him not to teach or preach
the Gospel. Acts 4:18 tells of the apostles being commanded not to preach, but in Acts 5:42 it reads, “And daily in the temple, and every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” The Christian has a divine mandate to preach and teach the good news.
Dr. John M. Adams