To Obey God or to Obey Government?

8 March 2022

1.1 MINS

Do we have to decide between obeying God or the state? What do we do in the event of a conflict between divine law and human law? How do we discern what is the right course of action?

Fortunately, most of the time we can do both.

But extreme circumstances may dictate an extreme choice.

The Russian soldier in Ukraine has a choice whether to fire on the high rise where his cousins live, or to just allow himself to be shot by his commander for refusing to fire. Or will his commander also refuse and therefore suffer the same ultimate consequence or court-martial?

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

At another level, the (informed) parent of the 5-year-old child has a choice whether to vaccinate the child against Covid-19 because the government proclaims it, or to refuse — in the knowledge that the death rate from the vaccine is probably greater than from Covid-19 infection and that the long-term side effects of the vaccine are as yet unknown.

But it is far more problematic for the parent than the Russian soldier.

Lasting Consequences

The soldier — if he refuses to kill on government direction — must bear the consequence himself — a noble self-sacrifice.

Likewise, the parent of the 5-year-old, refusing to comply with government direction, is subject to consequential losses and restrictions and is therefore in a real sense self-sacrificing, BUT has protected the child from an uncertain and unknown future.

However, the parent of the 5-year-old, compliant with government direction, is not sacrificing self at all, but is instead risking the life of the child to an uncertain and unknown future.

Please note I am not an anti-vaxxer.


Originally published at Choose Life Australia. Photo by CDC on Unsplash.


We need your help. The continued existence of the Daily Declaration depends on the generosity of readers like you. Donate now. The Daily Declaration is committed to keeping our site free of advertising so we can stay independent and continue to stand for the truth.

Fake news and big-tech censorship make the work of the Canberra Declaration and our Christian news site the Daily Declaration more important than ever. Take a stand for family, faith, freedom, life, and truth. Support us as we shine a light in the darkness. Donate today.


Leave A Comment

Recent Articles

  • 2 December 2022

    1.9 MINS

    Australia's revival history has long been neglected. Not any longer. Warwick and I are passionate about revival in Australia. And we are convinced that Australia’s revival history—which has mostly been forgotten—is so exciting that it might just spark the next revival blaze if enough people [...]

  • 2 December 2022

    2.2 MINS

    Although homosexual marriage is already legal in the United States, the Senate this week enshrined it in legislation when it voted to pass the Respect for Marriage Act. Consequently, the Defence of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996, has been [...]

  • 1 December 2022

    4.3 MINS

    Billy Graham was a man who felt the hand of God and the power of the Holy Spirit mightily. He had a deep awareness of the continual and pressing need for the Church to submit to Christ’s Lordship in order to experience spiritual revival. In [...]

  • 1 December 2022

    6.7 MINS

    We have so much to learn from the amazing life of Elisabeth Elliot, particularly regarding obedience and suffering. I recently revisited a 2020 volume by Ellen Vaughn. It is the authorised biography of Elisabeth Elliot. With all the bad news coming out of so many [...]

  • 1 December 2022

    3.3 MINS

    On September 26, a Classical Education Seminar was held in Melbourne. Dr Paul Morrissey, president of Campion College in Sydney, delivered the following address, which bears the subtitle, Educating the Whole Person. ___ As current education debates centre on falling standards and teacher education, it [...]

  • 30 November 2022

    1 MINS

    Some are saying the Victorian election result was rigged. It wasn’t. This isn’t Arizona. The only reason someone could be shocked at the Victorian election outcome is if they misjudged Australians to be freedom-loving. Aussies like freedom, but they don’t love it. They can live [...]

  • 30 November 2022

    6 MINS

    Now we have “churchmen” suggesting Jesus could have been transgender. We have had it all before of course: Jesus the Marxist; Jesus the Muslim; Jesus the homosexual; Jesus the hippy; Jesus the Socialist; Jesus the Greenie. The list never ends. And it was only a [...]