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What would you say to Reformed Christians who said that 1 Peter 2:13-17 proves that if the government tells you need to a wear pinwheel hat; or even that you need to take the Covid vaccine, you need to?


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The answer/response is the same as it always has been: Obey the command(s) that God has not forbidden and refuse to obey the commands of man which God has forbidden. HOWEVER, the I Peter passage does not ignore the commands (laws) which each form of government a country has chosen to rule by. In Canada you have the Chart of Rights and Freedoms. In the U.S. we have the Constitution. States have their own specific laws which are binding upon men as long as they do not violate the Constitution of the United States. Simply, representative authorities are to be obeyed or disobeyed on the basis of the supreme authority of God, first and foremost, and secondarily also according to the specific laws of the land over which they rule.

Should a Christian have issues of conscience with a law of the land in which he lives, because it violates God's law or the established law of man he may do so but the Christian must also be willing to submit to the punishment resulting from his/her disobedience. Fortunately, to again beat a dead horse, in the U.S., the Constitution allows corrupt government (tyranny) that violates the guaranteed and enumerated freedoms to be removed; first by democratic means, i.e., elections or if necessary by force. No Christian, therefore, is to bind his conscience to any but God and if the government rules that this failure to bow the knee to it is worthy of punishment, so be it. If this means refusing to allow a government to inject a substance into your body then a Christian is without blame before God but guilty before men. And although here in the U.S., the government has allowed for religious exemptions, it is not often it is given; aka: tyrannical power of the State to which punishment will surely be meted out upon them that do so.

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