Part 80 In light of the controversial elections and many media personalities that have sown deliberate snobbery and rebellion to the new President elect, many Christians have taken to studying the Christians’ responsibility to civil government. I was asked, “Is it wrong for a Christian to openly rebel against the government?” Let us consider the answer of Christ. The Pharisees attempting to ensnare the Lord in His own teachings asked, “Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?” Christ responded, “Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Mat. 22:17, 19-21). Christ explains a natural division of labor in the world. As followers of God, one should not seek to hinder the labor and work of the government by refusing to yield to the law of the land, and likewise one should never bring upon one’s self the wrath of God by refusing to give God one’s obedience. However, when the Law of Christ and the law of the land contradict, a Christian must follow the ways of the Lord (Acts 4:19, 20; 5:29). No government has the right to force a Christian to violate the law of God. Many Christians of the first century forfeited their lives refusing to violate the Law of Christ at the command of the Roman empire.

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