Spirit of Obedience, Spirit of Rebellion
Spirit of obedience, spirit of rebellion.
Which spirit are we to embrace regarding laws and rules? Is compliance optional? Is it mandatory? Is it a question of morality, or merely preference?
As always, it depends on the situation and your worldview.
Have you ever been accused of being a “rule follower?” How about a “rebel?”
How should you feel about those labels?
If your worldview is legalistic, you probably delight in following all the rules. If your worldview is emphasizes personal liberty, you may relish in exercising your liberties above all else.
A Christian who becomes legalistic risks becoming judgmental and forgetting that:
entrance into Heaven has nothing to do with “being good.”
A Christian who focuses on personal liberty risks living a life based on cheap grace.
Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.¹
The Christian worldview is clear on how we should respond to our laws:
We are to act in a spirit of obedience to man’s laws unless they violate God’s laws.
Here is some information the Bible provides on government and the rule of law:
- God gives authority to those in government (Romans 13:1)
- Christians should obey the government (Titus 3:1)
God holds those in government accountable (Deuteronomy 17:18–19)
Which spirit lives in you?
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¹ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship (New York: Touchstone, 1959), 44-45.
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About Jason B. Ladd
Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.