(This is the second post in a series on Christians and government. It may be helpful to read the other posts in the series – part 1, part 3, part 4)
In the first of our posts on God and government, we looked at a biblical view of government. But how should Christians interact with their government?
For starters, Christians should be good citizens. As we saw in the previous post looking at Romans 13, we will pay our taxes willingly and honestly. We’ll abide by the law, not just because we don’t want to get punished, but because our conscience tells us that if God has placed an authority over us, we do well to obey that authority.
To break the speed limit is not just to violate an arbitrary rule that has been unfairly placed over us. It is to reject a legitimate God-given authority over us – something we should avoid because we don’t like speeding fines, AND because of conscience. To consciously disobey our governments is, in most cases, to reject God’s authority.