Many Christians held out hope that Alabama Governor Robert Bentley would stand for what’s right. We hoped that the governor would refuse to submit to the unlawful federal court judge’s ruling on sodomite marriage. We find that he was unable to do so. He has shown himself to be pragmatic.
Gov. Robert Bentley told Politico on Friday while attending a meeting of the National Governor’s Association in Washington, D.C. that he believes he must obey the courts even if he disagrees with them personally.
So then, what will this mean for the fight against the overreach of federal power? Simply, that the fight is lost. And the issue is not just that Americans no longer care about the constitution. If it were just that, it would be serious. No, the issue, if you are a Christian is much worse.
What is the real concern? That Christians do not care for the Law of God. That we now have people who claim Christ, but say that they should put what He commands aside. It was bad enough when the humanists were saying that this was the case, but now men like Bentley are saying the same thing.
“[I would] never do anything to disobey a federal court ruling,” And “We are a nation under laws,” Bentley said. “We may not always agree with them, but we obey them.”
How is this different from, “I was just following order?”
Christiannews.net quotes Matt Trewhella
“What must be realized is that the rule of law in Western civilization was built upon the moral law of God as revealed in Scripture,” he said. “The reason homosexuality was illegal throughout Western civilization for nearly 1,500 years was precisely because the moral law of God declared it a crime.”
And though I agree with most of what Pastor Trewhella says here, he makes a false foundation. Yes, Western civilization was founded on God’s Law; this is not what makes the lesser magistrate right in resisting unjust laws. If this were true, then sodomite unions would be just in China or India, but they are not. All men everywhere are liable to God’s commands.
As Christiannews.net points out, Martin Luther King Jr. had the better argument.
Martin Luther King, Jr., in his well-known “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” written in Alabama during a time when segregation was considered the law, said that while some may question disobedience to civil law, a law is not a law if it violates the law of God.
“One may well ask, ‘How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?’ The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust,” he explained. “I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
“How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law,” King continued. “Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience. It was evidenced sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar, on the ground that a higher moral law was at stake. It was practiced superbly by the early Christians, who were willing to face hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks rather than submit to certain unjust laws of the Roman Empire.”
If this is not the foundation of what we say justice is, then we are doomed to injustice. If we as Christians disregard the Law of God or teach others to do so, we will be least in the Kingdom of God (Matt. 5: 19). We have to stand with the word of God and deny teachers who are least in the Kingdom.
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