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Christians and Government: When to Submit, When to Resist

Saturday, August 1, 2015


Guest: Gregg Frazer, author, The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 1 Peter 2:13-14

Last week on the program, our guest Dr. Gregg Frazer, professor of history and political studies at The Master’s College, said that Scripture does not command Christians to be patriotic but rather to hold their citizenship in heaven as preeminent.  That doesn’t mean we can’t cherish certain aspects of our country that are honoring to God; it’s just that God always comes far above country.

This week, Dr. Frazer will join us to discuss how Christians should respond to a government that is increasingly hostile to our beliefs and practices.  Do passages in Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 on submission to government mean that Christians must just roll over and take whatever unjust treatment government metes out?  And what about the born-again, Bible-believing Christians during the Revolutionary War—were they wrong to take up arms against the British government?

Join us this weekend as we discussed the thorny issue of civil disobedience in terms of when to submit and when to resist.

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The Christian Worldview Minute is a one-minute radio feature hosted by David Wheaton that airs Monday through Sunday on 250 radio stations across America.

Should Christians Be Patriotic? (July 27-Aug. 2, 2015)

Monday, July 27, 2015


Should Christians be patriotic?  This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview.

America was once a nation that generally revered God and His Word, but two Supreme Court rulings in particular—the legalizing of the killing of unborn babies in the 1970s, and more recently, the redefining of marriage to include homosexual couples—have institutionalized a rejection of God in the foundational aspects of society with regard to life, marriage, and family.

Christians certainly can not be patriotic about that, but we are still called to pray, as the apostle Peter says, “for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

Hear an interview about how Christians should view patriotism at TheChristianWorldview.org.

This weekend we’ll discuss whether Christians should ever be involved in civil disobedience.


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