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Honouring Government Law Is Compulsory
Daniel in a lion den
Daniel locked up in a lion den
Government's role is supposed to uphold justice (Romans 13:3, 1 Peter 2:14). Even if it deviates from its role, Christians should still honour its law, either by compliance or by nondefiance after incompliance (Romans 13:7, Titus 3:1, 1 Peter 2:13).

While Christians must comply with good law (Romans 13:2), Christians can choose to violate the bad law that restricts Christianity and morality. But after being caught of transgression, submit to the written punishment while still making the disagreement clear. For example if the a law bans Christian worship, Christians should continue worship (Daniel 6:13). And if caught for worship, Christian should submit to the law by receiving the penalty without resistance. Even Christians can continue to worship in the jail after being locked up. If it is within our capability, we should even do more than the required (Matthew 5:40).

A couple of examples can be looked at here. If a Christian likes a harmless replica pistol and he knows that it is illegal in his country, then he must not get or make one. If the country bans mass rally, then do not participate in it. Indeed those laws are against liberty, but it is not against Christianity or morality.

Christian can criticise government law. However do not curse the leader (Ecclesiates 10:20), but pray for the leader instead (1 Timothy 2:2).

Bible verses cited in this article:
Matthew 5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
Ecclesiastes 10:20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
Daniel 6:13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
Romans 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
Romans 13:3 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:
Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
1 Timothy 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
1 Peter 2:14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

Posted: 2016-11-07; updated: 2016-12-06 by Ong Seng Aun.
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