Chuck Colson: Rebelling Against Authority


Scripture plainly commands us to obey the government and civil laws (Romans 13:1-2; 1Peter 2:13-14). But many revolutions headed by Christians (most notably the American revolution) seem to contradict this by stating that it is okay to disobey authority in the said circumstances. Isn’t this a clear conflict?

“No. But to resolve it requires understanding a major biblical purpose of government. The origin of government goes back to humanity’s first sin, when to keep rebellious Adam and Eve away from the Tree of Life, God stationed an angel with flaming sword at the entrance to the Garden; this was [the first cop]. Thereafter the Bible makes clear the government was established as God’s means for restraining man’s sin… Moses’ parents are cited approvingly for their decision to hide this child from Egyptian officials”. – Chuck Colson in Loving God

With this view then, if the government is infringing upon God’s laws it is appropriate to disobey the authority. However, when the government is not, it is inappropriate to do so. And, it is also inappropriate to not show respect to the authority in power as stated by Paul (I myself have, unfortunately, convicted of this). That is not mature revolution, it is immature revolution.

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About Hudson

I live in Indiana. I enjoyed playing soccer all four years of high school. I co-captained and won the MVP award my senior year. I also have created many film projects, the most extensive of which won a film festival award for Best Cinematography during my senior year. It is a 10-minute short film called Café Encounter and can be watched on YouTube. I have been actively involved in my youth group and am a leader for a middle school boys group on Sunday mornings. I was also blessed to go on two mission trips to Belize and Ecuador respectively. Belize really awakened my faith in Christ and pushed me towards active obedience and love for God. Ecuador gave me a life-changing perspective on missionary work and has helped me to view myself as a missionary in my every day life, but especially with the intent of being a missionary to my work industry.

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