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1 Kings 21:1-16
Psalm 5:2-7
Matthew 5:38-42

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civil disobedience

"His fellow citizens — the elders and the nobles who dwelt in his city — did as Jezebel had ordered them." —1 Kings 21:11

To get Naboth's property, Jezebel, the queen of Samaria, ordered the elders and nobles of Naboth's city to get two scoundrels to falsely accuse Naboth and then to stone him to death (1 Kgs 21:11ff). Many people obeyed Jezebel and thereby participated in Naboth being murdered. When Jesus was crucified, many people obeyed orders from Pontius Pilate and the religious leaders. Thus, they "did the dirty work" of putting God to death.

Throughout history, masses of people, who think nothing of disobeying God, slavishly obey one wicked, perverted tyrant after another. The Nuremberg trials were one of the better known condemnations of those who obeyed authorities whose orders were contrary to God's will, truth, and justice.

The early Church faced this problem and their conclusion was: "Better for us to obey God than men!" (Acts 5:29) The present Church also has this challenge. This is obvious in areas where the Church is being persecuted, even unto martyrdom. Yet also in the more subtle circumstances of our secular humanistic society, God is calling us through our consciences to obey Him and disobey any governmental authority which forces behavior contrary to what is in accord with the teaching of Christ and His Church.

Prayer:  Father, give me discernment and a willingness to die for the truth (see Sir 4:28).

Promise:  "But what I say to you is: offer no resistance to injury. When a person strikes you on the right cheek, turn and offer him the other." —Mt 5:39

Praise:  Karen resigned her hospital job and became a private nurse when her hospital required her to assist in an abortion.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Obedience School, order, view or download our leaflet or order, listen to or download our teaching on Obeying God on CD 62-3 or DVD 62 on our website.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 27, 2018

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