June 11, 2015

Is It Always Sinful to Disobey the Government?

Based on a face-value reading of Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13, many Christians believe that it is always sinful to disobey the government. Civil disobedience, according to these Christians, is only permitted in those cases in which obedience to government requires direct disobedience to God.

If that's true, then the two little girls mentioned in this article sinned by opening a lemonade stand. So, either these two little girls need to repent of their gross immorality (opening a lemonade stand, that is), or the contemporary interpreter of Scripture needs to recognize that 1) the biblical authors did not intend to address this sort of regulatory overreach and 2) they most likely would have qualified their statements if they did.

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