And this will be the last one on this subject for today.
In examining my anabaptist roots, I am struck by how often these advocates for non-violence and separation of church and state used civil disobedience as their means to protect themselves from the encroachment of the government into their faith.
For the purpose of this article, “civil disobedience” is defined as:
Purposeful, nonviolent action, or refusal to act, by a Christian who believes such action or inaction is required of him or her in order to be faithful to God, and which s/he knows will be treated by the governing authorities as a violation of law.
This article further assumes a Christian stance which rejects violence as a means to any end.
Three Scripture passages are generally cited for the proposition that Christians are to obey the government:
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to the…
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