Grace to You with John MacArthur on Bott Radio

Grace to You

Christian talk radio with John MacArthur

Dr. John F. MacArthur, Jr. is heard throughout North America and around the world on Grace to You, an outstanding Bible-teaching outreach. The program is based on sermons from the pulpit of Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California.

Recent Episodes

Oct 23

The Christian’s Responsibility to Government, Part 3

It seems that every presidential election here in the United States stirs concern and anxiety about the future of this country. And that can be good, it can increase your desire for heaven. But while you're serving the Lord here . . . how can you make sure your earthly citizenship honors Christ? And, if someone who rejects God and His Word comes to power . . . does your responsibility change?

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Say that your government misuses tax revenue...makes laws based on political correctness, not morality...and tends to deal harshly with its critics. How can submitting to a government like that further your Christian testimony? Wouldn't it be better, wouldn't it make a stronger statement to protest against, and even disobey, government actions that dishonor God?

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It's been said that resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Well, that could be true, depending on the circumstances, for example if the government commands you to do something that violates Scripture, you need to obey God, not man. But if you live in a democratic republic, like the United States, how can you honor God with your vote? And how should you respond to a government whose policies are opposed to God's Word?

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You've heard of Nero...the first-century Roman emperor who outlawed Christianity and murdered thousands of believers. What did the apostle Paul, who lived in that society, say about the Roman government? How do his words apply to you today...no matter what kind of government you live under?

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When legislators pass laws that run counter to Scripture, what should you do? And how much priority should you place on political activism? Bottom line, what's a Christians responsibility to government?

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