Sunday, July 11, 2010

daily text 7/11

Sunday, July 11th, 2010
"We must obey God as ruler rather than men"
(Acts 5:29)

As Christians, our view of authority is different from that of the world. It is not that we blindly do whatever we are told. On the contrary, at times we must refuse to submit to the will of others even if they have positions of authority. This was also true of first-century Christians. For instance, when the apostles were ordered to stop preaching, they did not cave in to the high priest and other authority figures who were part of the Sanhedrin. They did not abandon right conduct in order to conform to human authority. (Acts 5:27-29) Our courageous stand is not to be confused with mere stubborness; nor are we like some who rebel just to make a political point. Rather, we are determined to accept Jehovah's authority over that of any human. When man's law conflicts with God's law, the decision as to what we will do is not difficult. We obey God as ruler rather than men.
(Watchtower issue: 6/15/08, 3:3, 5)

If you read about the early Christians, you'll find that there were always 2 main issues that became a problem in regard to governmental authorities,...(which also demonstrates that Jehovah's Witnesses are living up to the standards of true Christianity), since they are the 2 main issues which we have repeatedly faced in every country throughout our modern-day history:

-Refusal to stop preaching
-Refusal to give allegiance & worship to national sovereigns

extra references:
The Edict of Nantes--A Charter For Tolerance?
Religious Persecution--Why?"
Sustained Through Terrible Trials