Obedience#8 - What Happens When Those in Authority Ask You To Go Against God's Law?
Last week we studied scripture showing that God wants us to obey authority. However, what happens when somebody in a position of authority asks you to do something against God's Law? Well, what did Jesus do?
Let's study the verses above - Jesus saw that people were selling doves in God's temple and as soon as He saw this he put a stop to it by turning over the tables. What Jesus did was NOT a sin - he made His point and it was very clear. God's house is not a market but rather a "house of prayer."
There will be times in our lives when we will need to stand up for what is right even if it goes against what those in authority are requesting. When this happens and you need to fight for what is right - there are two equally important things to remember:
1. We are only responsible for our own actions.
EXAMPLE - If your boss asks you to bill an insurance company under a false name and therefore you would be committing insurance fraud - you must decline. However, if your boss decides to do that billing himself - then you did nothing wrong and the sin and consequences will be on your boss's shoulders.
2. Standing up for what is right will NEVER cause you to sin
EXAMPLE - I agree that abortion is murder, HOWEVER, blowing up an abortion clinic is also murder. You can NOT fight sin with sin.
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:10-12
#1 Christians are NOT Excluded from Obedience
#2 Holiness = Obedience to God
#3 Obeying God with Your Body
#4 Obeying God Makes His Actions Your Actions
#5 Taking Care of Your Family
#7 Obeying Authority
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