Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” – Mark 12:17
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. – Romans 13:1
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. – Titus 3:1-2
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. – I Peter 2:13-14
Christian Bible Lesson Overview
Although the United States Government was created based on strong Christian beliefs, the freedom to support all citizens regardless of religious beliefs is fundamental within the constitution. Some of the laws are contrary to the teachings of Jesus. That was also true during the time Jesus lived when the Romans had laws that were not consistent with Christian teachings.
As Christians, we are to obey the laws of the government unless a specific law causes us to personally disobey a commandment. If we have the freedom of expression, we have the right to communicate our Christian Message to everyone. That is the law that is important to us. If a law is passed that allows an individual to take action that is against Christian teachings, as long as Christians are not required to take that action and have the right to communicate the consequences, we are able to live as Christians.
Christian Bible Lesson for Today
I wish to use one United States law that I understand is part of our country’s government, but I personally use my right to convince people to follow Christian Teachings. That law is the right of a woman to have an abortion.
Recently the right to an abortion was reduced dramatically, but for almost fifty years, a woman had the right in all fifty states to have an abortion within a specified time from conception. As a Christian, I do not wish for a woman to choose to have an abortion. However, the law has always given me the right to speak freely. I have the right to convince people not to pursue abortions. Being a Christian is a behavior that we choose, not one that the government requires. If we can choose not to have an abortion, all Christians have the right to live within their beliefs. It is our objective as Christians to spread the word about righteous living, not to have the government force people to live by our standards.
That is my belief. I appreciate any comments and other points of view.
Christian Bible Lesson Summary
Regardless of the laws of our government, as long as we have the right to express our Christian Values and are not forced to break Commandants from the Bible, we can continue to witness to other people and spread Christianity.