This article deals with what I consider to be a potentially life-saving attitude today: how to respond biblically to COVID-19. I believe we need to obey authorities in our society whenever we can (with the caveat that if authorities are against God, we stand against this), as we pray and take action to stop this pandemic. May the Lord bless you as you read this article. Please keep praying for our authorities and people on the front lines (such as nurses and police), as well as those who become infected with the virus, that if unsaved they would be granted repentance unto life (Acts 11:18).
May the Lord bless you as you dig into His Word on this issue.
Do Christians have to obey their governmental leaders when such leaders issue specific declarations about: 1) where you can and cannot go, 2) what you should wear on your face, and 3) how far away you should stay from other people? What if you don’t agree that such directives make sense?
The short answer is that Christians are instructed by God to obey governmental directives, unless those directives are contrary to whatever instructions God has already given us in his Word. Romans 13:1-5 is to the point:
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. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment…. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.
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