“For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.”
– Acts 25:11
Over the last 15+ years of pastoring I’ve been asked on several occasions about civil disobedience as followers of Jesus. “Should we obey those in authority over us (i.e. Government)? Or should we obey God.” The answer is yes and yes, of course until the decrees and commands of civil authorities run counter to the will and decree of God. Then we (like the early Apostles—see Acts 5:29) must obey God more than man.
That said, when we disobey civil authorities and go against human culture, tradition or law in favor of following God, we must be ready—as Paul was here—to suffer the earthly consequences.
Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik
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