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Christians Will Need to Practice Civil Disobedience?

March 11, 2013

Southern Baptist leader Richard Land says that Christians should prepare themselves for civil disobedience if they have to treat people equally and are not allowed to suppress the rights of others through antiquated bigotry.

Leaders at this week’s National Religious Broadcasters conference warned Christians may soon be forced to practice civil disobedience.

Southern Baptist leader Richard Land and NRB board member Janet Parshall cited same-sex marriage and President Obama’s birth control mandate as the reason why.

Land said those issues are non-negotiable, even at the cost of paying fines and going to jail.

Parshall said today’s Christians may have to decide whether to “bow our knee” to government or to God.

I suppose they don’t like this Bible verse very much “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”

Bigotry and confirmation bias unite! Take what you need and ignore the rest…

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Darren permalink
    March 11, 2013 10:59 am

    I don’t have such a big problem with civil disobedience if necessary to protest unjust laws – think civil rights movements of the 60s. However, the difference between that and this (and its a big one) is that those brave souls were fighting for the equality of all people, these guys are the status quo threatening to disrupt their own system which up til now has always kept them on top, in order to prevent equality for all. Yay “Christianity”!

  2. dan permalink
    March 11, 2013 3:58 pm

    It might be a good time to point out that government is not only given by God but also is a curse given by God when the church fails in its duty to Christ and the world. I don’t support civil disobedience in these matters as I view the intent too be unjust. The bible supports birth control in a fashion, not abortion. We must be discerning in how we couple and with who we couple with. This is a type of birth control. We should also not wantonly have children if we are incapable of caring for them and so place a burden on society. The gay thing is about civil rights not marriage rights. Marriage is the easiest way to get the same civil rights that traditional couples receive IE medical, tax and what not. I’ve said before if you don’t want the gays to have the same rights as you then your an entitled elitist. If you don’t want them to have those rights then you should not have them either. Marriage is a covenant and it is on the soul of those who enter a covenant on false pretenses and it is Gods and his only to judge not ours. Teach your children in faith and love it is God who conforms the soul. Gay marriage does not interfere with the work God has begun and it does not interfere with the good work he made for you which is to love your neighbor as yourself. Its best to remember the love part its kind of important.

    • March 14, 2013 7:41 am

      “t might be a good time to point out that government is not only given by God but also is a curse given by God when the church fails in its duty to Christ and the world.”

      That would work better in a country where the legitimacy of the government wasn’t based on the will of the people. American government comes from the bottom up, not the top down.

  3. March 15, 2013 9:04 am

    How can you practice civil disobedience against gay marriage? No one is going to make them perform weddings they don’t want to. Are they going to stand outside city hall screaming “Look at me not participating in your gay marriage!!!!”


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