Disobeying Authorities

Author: Charity Kiregyera — Host: Andrew StevensPosted on: October 19, 2022

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Disobeying Authorities

Years back, my nephew told what he had experienced. His mother, who at the
time was not a Christian (she has since been saved), was trying to take him
and his sister to a witchcraft-worker supposedly to get protection. The
girl refused, but the boy went. When asked later why he had agreed to go,
the boy responded, “but God says to obey your father and mother.”

While God commands us to obey our parents (Ephesians 6:1-3) and other
authorities, these authorities are supposed to honor those who do right and
only punish those who do wrong (Romans 13:1-4). So, when human authorities
demand we do evil and break the commandments of Almighty God, who is the
Highest Authority, we should not obey them.

The apostles of the Lord Jesus, Peter and John, refused to obey the
religious authorities who commanded them—more than once—to stop speaking in
the name of Jesus. Peter and John were arrested after performing miraculous
signs and sharing the good news of Jesus. The Jewish religious authorities
told the two apostles not to
speak or teach in the name of Jesus again. “But Peter and John replied, ”˜Do
you think God wants us to obey you rather than him?’” (Acts 4:19). So they
continued to preach the message that “Jesus is the Messiah” every day (Acts

In the Old Testament, two Hebrew midwives—Shiphrah and Puah—were commanded
by Pharaoh to kill all the male children at birth. These midwives were
faced with a choice: to obey the human authority, the pharaoh, and kill
Hebrew baby boys, or to obey God, who is the Highest Authority. They chose
to obey God. The midwives disobeyed Pharoah’s orders and delivered the
babies alive! God was pleased and dealt well with these women (Exodus

Then, three Hebrew boys—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—disobeyed King
Nebuchadnezzar’s orders to worship a golden statue, even though
Nebuchadnezzar threatened to throw them alive into a burning fiery furnace.
They knew God could save them from the furnace, but even if He didn’t, they
told the king, “we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue
you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18). The boys chose to continue worshipping
the only true and living God. And God rescued them from the fire. • Charity

• Have you ever faced a situation where you had to choose between obeying
God and obeying a person? When you find yourself in such a situation, you
need help and support, counsel and encouragement. Who are trusted
Christians—such as pastors, parents, and church elders—you can go to for

The apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.”
Acts 5:29b (NLT)


Read Verses:

Daniel 3:16-Daniel 3:18; Acts:4:16-Acts:4:22; Acts:5:27-Acts:5:42; Exod:1:15-Exod:1:21