1 Peter 2:13-17
13 For the Lord’s sake, accept the decrees and laws of all the various human institutions, whether they come from the highest human ruler 14 or agents he sends to punish those who do wrong and to reward those who do well. 15 You see, it is God’s will that by doing what is right and good you should hush the gabbing ignorance of the foolish. 16 Live as those who are free and not as those who use their freedom as a pretext for evil, but live as God’s servants. 17 Respect everyone. Love the community of believers. Reverence God. Honor your ruler.
I feel compelled to voice some thoughts that have been rolling around in my head for a while now regarding our country, freedom...and being Christ-like.
We boast of freedom and rights with pride, including me! But with freedom and rights come responsibility. This seems to be where everything sort of goes off track. I notice that there is a general misconception regarding freedom...it really doesn't mean you can do whatever you want. Okay, yes, you can do whatever you want...but there is a price - consequences.
I will try to explain this with a spiritual application, and let the reader sort out the earthly application for themselves. As Christians, we rejoice in the freedom and liberty that is given when we are born again. And rightly so. However, this does not all of sudden open the door to a free for all type of attitude. No, we submit to the Word, and with humility become a prisoner (Philemon 1:1) to Christ himself.
Which brings us to the Christ-like part of my thought. I don't need to expound on what these scriptures mean. I think that is pretty clear. What seems to need expounding sometimes it the practical application of them. As citizens of a free country, do we as Christians feel exempt from the scriptural admonition to respect and honor those with whom we do not agree? Does our earthly freedom overrule our spiritual obligation? I do not believe we are exempt, nor do I see that any earthly "right" trumps the inspired Word of God.