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When governments act in a way that is contrary to Gods commands how should Christians respond Many believers throughout history have asked themselves this question or one similar to it when they are faced with government actions that are incompatible with Christian teachings The issue also has relevance today as many believers are concerned with various issues such as government laws allowing abortions and in Canada with the passing of Bill C-250 that many fear will make preaching against homosexuality a hate crime The morality of civil disobedience is controversial issue among Christians with some believing that obedience is of primary importance while others feel that promoting justice is a more important Christian duty Stevick 1969 Christians must become informed on this issue so that they can act as good citizens in both their country and in the kingdom of heaven Php 320 The law that God gave to Moses and the nation of Israel reveals Gods desire to have His people live in an ordered community The Fifth Commandment Honour your father and your mother is an instruction to honour all those who are in positions over them During biblical times people often called their leaders and other people whom they respected their mother or father Douma 1996 For example Deborah called herself as a mother in Israel Judges 57 and Naamans servants referred to him as their father 2 Kings 5 13 Additionally Ephesians 522-69 shows that Gods desire for order extends to the relationship between husband and wife parents and children and master and slave Stevick 1969 This commandment also has a promise attached to it for those who obey Then you will have a long life in the land the LORD your God is giving you Exodus 2012 Thus the benefit of honouring and obeying authorities are the gifts of order and peace in our lives God has placed authorities over us because we are fallen beings as is exemplified in
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