Monday, November 07, 2016

Devotional: Civil Disobedience (Hebrews 11:23 NKJV)

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. (Hebrews 11:23 NKJV)

Here we have a case of civil disobedience.  We are commanded in the New Testament to obey those in authority over us.  Is this a blanket command no matter what?  No.  When the commands of a tyrannical government clash with what we know to be in direct disobedience to Scripture, then civil disobedience is the only direction we can take.

Moses' parents didn't  hide him simply because he was a beautiful child.  If you read the account in the Old Testament you find that the Pharoah had commanded the people to commit kill all the male babies as soon as they were born.  This is similar to abortion, closer to partial birth abortion, and out right murder of innocent lives no matter what way you slice it.  It is in direct disobedience to God's command, "Thou shalt not kill."

I don't know what will happen after tomorrow (Nov. 8). We have a pivotal election on our hands and civil disobedience has been threatened by both sides depending on who wins the election.  I'm not sure civil disobedience is the answer, but if whoever is elected were to make laws demanding us to support or do things that are clearly against the dictates of Scripture, then civil disobedience is in order.

Moses' parents had faith enough to take their own lives in their hands by civil disobedience to a tyrannical government's command to disobey God's Word.  I hope I will have that kind of faith if the occasion ever dictates it.

We need to be in prayer for our elected leaders and those who will be elected. We also need to remember that God is in control of this election, even though it doesn't seem like it from our point of view.  Who ever ends up in the White House is by God's doing, either to bless our nation or to judge our nation. Go vote and trust God for the outcome.

1 comment:

A Joyful Chaos said...

So thankful that we can trust in God. It's such a comfort to know that no matter what happens ... it is well with my soul.