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    How Should We Respond to Unjust Laws?

    Too often Christians are wrapped up in politics to the degree that they think they are powerless or the world is going to end if we lose the battle for some law. But the gospel is not hindered by whatever government, unjust law or persecution that we may suffer. Unjust/unholy laws enacted by pagans/secularists don't make a dent against God eternal plan. In fact God often in the midst of harsh persecution reveals his power and advances the gospel more than he would under prosperity (consider the current advance of the gospel in closed countries in Asia as an example). ... It is a great witness of Jesus Christ to the world when we work for what is just but don't bitterly complain when things don't go our way in the secular sphere. This is not to say we should not work for a just government and God-honoring laws within our legal limits but the world does not end if they do not come into existence. God laughs at such trifles because he will prevail.

    Martin Luther once said, "I will not have recourse to arms and bloodshed in defense of the Gospel. By the Word the earth has been subdued; by the Word the Church has been saved; and by the Word also it shall be reestablished."

    Posted by John on July 30, 2011 12:42 PM

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    Good post and a good reminder. It's very easy, especially now, to get riled up about what is happening in government when it's all over the media. Bad news -- "Impending Doom" if something does or doesn't get passed -- sells.

    Thanks for this. We have just gone through a battle in NY on gay marriage and it is easy to get discouraged over a secular "loss."

    "Unjust/unholy laws enacted by pagans/secularists do make a dent against God eternal plan."
    Is that a typo? Shouldn't it be "don't even make a dent against God's eternal plan"?

    I also agree that this is a good article and a reminder the battles are not over that we must battle with. It makes Paul's defense before King Agrippa more apropos:


    Act 26:13 At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me.
    Act 26:14 And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'
    Act 26:15 And I said, 'Who are you, Lord?' And the Lord said, 'I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.
    Act 26:16 But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you,
    Act 26:17 delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles--to whom I am sending you
    Act 26:18 to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'
    Act 26:19 "Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,
    Act 26:20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.

    Very true. At the same time, God receives great glory when His people take strong stands for righteousness. It bothers me deeply that about one million babies will be aborted this year in the USA alone. It ought to disturb us that God has seen fit to plague our nation with abortion, among other things (homosexual marriage, false teaching, pornography, etc.).

    When God judges a nation, our response ought to be: 1) a call to the church to repent and 2) stand against the evil for the glory of God. It ought not be, "God is Sovereign, so let's roll over and accept things as they are." Man's responsibility and God's Sovereignty is a tough balance to strike, but it's worth the effort.

    I have often thought that people who ask for God to 'Bless America' have been at the wrong end of the spectrum. During the 9/11 crisis, our politicians in Washington tried to sing the well-known song, 'God Bless America,' when both they and we should have been crying out to God in repentance and saying, 'God FORGIVE America.' How can God bless us as a nation when we have rejected His Word for our governance (and continue to do so)? As Thomas Jefferson said, 'I tremble for my country, when I reflect that God is just-that His justice cannot sleep forever.'

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