When Paul issues the command for all believers to willingly submit to the established authorities in their lives (Romans 13), he did so with the acknowledgement that these authorities were not given their position to bring fear to those desiring to do good, but to those who chose to break the law.
So then, what is the right response of the Christian when this authority passes laws that are in direct violation of biblical commands? How about when the ratio of biblically adherent citizens decreases to a minority status, leaving them unable to democratically change laws?
Do we simply realize it is out of our control, and make the best of this life, turning a blind eye to issues such as abortion? Many would shudder at such a thought, as does the author of Eternity Matters.
Do we adopt a Bonhoeffer approach? During Hitler’s reign of terror, Deitrich Bonhoeffer believed to ‘not speak’ is to speak loudly and to ‘not act’ is to act indeed.
Should we urgently resign ourselves to prayer… and what should be the petition of our prayers? Here’s a great call to do this offered by Drusilla Mott.
Do we remain confident that our God is sovereign and always in control… even when nothing makes sense? Barb, over at Blogsense, offers a position of encouragement here.
How should our response be influenced by the understanding that these Paul wrote to were suffering great persecution for their faith? Do we see our necessary involvement (or no involvement) as primarily in the interest of others… or for self-preservation? As Karin would rightly say… hmmm!
… am I overlooking something here? Am I over-analysing? Could it be that I need to look a little closer to home for an answer? Could the writer over at A Disciple’s Life be on to something significant with the statement, “Turn on the Light” …?