The Greater Law
There seems to be a lot of confusion about how Christians should respond to laws that go against the word of God and our faith.
Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law does he meditate day and night. And he will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also will not wither; and whatsoever he does will prosper.
God’s people are called to not walk in the ways of this world and obey counsels that are contrary to God’s will but rather to delight in the Law of the Lord. Christians are to obey a greater law, God's Law! And when we do, our ways will prosper and we will bring forth fruit in due time. The word of God is our final authority.
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Daniel the prophet was a man with great authority. In fact, “the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm”. A law was passed that went against his practice to pray to God. What was he to do? According to many Christians, Daniel should have either obeyed the law and stop praying to God or stepped down as he would not have been able to abide by the law. However, he not only kept his position and continued to pray but he did so with the windows open as before.
The point is, if laws are passed that go against the word of God, are all Christians that hold a position in the government (or any workplace) now supposed to step down or abide by the law? Certainly not! We are to continue as before and stay true to our beliefs. Trust in God that He will uphold you no matter what happens. Ultimately, it is God’s law that matters most. If there is conflict, then we should side with the word of God and not step down. We need to stay true to His word or we will have to answer to an even higher power and a greater law than the law of the land.