Attorneys General in several states are breathing a sigh of relief after a federal judge in Texas used a preliminary injunction to put a stop to the Obama administration’s attempts at using federal funds to force doctors and healthcare providers to perform abortions and sex change operations via Obamacare regulations. The Obama administration tried to redefine sex discrimination to include people who wish to be the opposite gender. The judge ruled the administration was overreaching with its attempts to redefine terms used when Title IX was passed decades ago.
This typical modus operandi of liberals to redefine words as things they were never intended to mean was not only legally incorrect, but also historically, scientifically, and Biblically incorrect also. It proved once again how liberals really don’t care about the truth in science or in history if the truth flies in the face of their sinful desires. It also begs the question of whether Christians are really obligated to obey the authorities no matter what they demand of us under the law. Should we just do as we’re told? Is “I was just following orders” a legitimate defense?
The Nazis placed on trial at Nuremberg used those excuses to justify their heinous, immoral actions. From those trials, people tend to forget we also got the Nuremberg Principles, or Conventions, which rejected “I was just following orders” as an acceptable defense for unethical, immoral behavior. Although there are preachers and churchgoers who teach that Bible passages like 1 Peter 2:13-17 command us to obey government authority no matter what, the scriptures actually say the opposite. 1 Peter 2:13-17 says the following:
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
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.
For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
There are key terms which give us the caveats of when to obey government authorities. Submission must be “for the Lord’s sake.” Something can only be for the Lord’s sake when it lines up with his commandments. Murdering unborn babies and fraudulently passing oneself off as being the opposite gender violates that.
Additional key terms are “punishment of evildoers” and “praise for them that do well.” When a government mandates something that violates those terms with the understanding that “evildoers” and “them that do well” are according to how the Bible defines them, then we as Christians are not obligated to submit to such mandates.
Submission to authority, therefore, must be in line with the “will of God” for “well doing” so the foolish will have no justifiable accusations against us (v. 15). Christ freed us to use our liberty to serve God, not as a cover for maliciousness (v. 16). So if a government ordinance or regulation has malicious intent, it should be dismissed as invalid. Following these guidelines is ultimately how we honor all men and fear God and even honor a ruler who acts dishonorably, since disobeying their injustices is a testimony to them that they need to change their evil ways if they want to preserve their communities and be viewed as legitimate.