Bonus Content from October 6th (1 Peter 2:11-25)

There was one sermon question texted in:
 
Good morning. I understand from the sermon yesterday that Jesus is our example in enduring suffering. However, is there a place to not honor the government or authorities? Some examples I thought of include Rosa Parks, Bonhoeffer and the Valkyrie plot. Would God approve that they were standing up to injustice, or were they guilty of not submitting to authorities?
 
It’s a great question. Thanks for asking.
 
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of our God’s throne (Psalm 89:14) and God wants justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream (Amos 5:24). Therefore, when justice and righteousness are at stake, Christians can stand up against the perpetrators, including government authorities. However, before jumping into conclusion and action, consider the following:
1. Pray, pray, pray.
2. Seek God’s counsel.
3. Seek Godly counsel from your pastor, mentor, trusted friend etc.
4. Reflect on the motivation/intention and the redemptive action of the two Hebrew midwives against the king of Egypt, Moses against Pharaoh, Esther against the king, Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego against king Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel against king Darius, Paul against Roman Government.
5. Check your motivation/intention.
6. Work out a redemptive action plan (For example: “Let all that you do be done in love for the glory of God”)
 
 “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.” (Psalm 89:14)
“Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24).
-Ebenezer Perinbaraj