Biblical principles of Christian citizenship…. • We must respect government because its authority is a DERIVED authority. >God alone is sovereign and holds ULTIMATE authority. >All governments are in power because God has ALLOWED them to be. >Governmental leaders called to certain STANDARDS. >Governmental leaders are to represent God’s RULE on earth.
• We must respect our government because it is God’s instrument to PRESERVE ORDER.
• We must respect our government by being INVOLVED. >STUDY the issues and then vote. >Vote primarily for men or women on the basis of their values and their Christian INTEGRITY.
• We must respect the government—as long as it does not conflict with our doing GOD’S WILL. >Exceptions to our obedient submission to authority: ...We don’t obey laws that command us to do something that God clearly FORBIDS. ...We don’t obey laws that forbid us from doing something God clearly COMMANDS.