Obey God rather than men

April 16, 2015 7:00 am


‘“We gave you strict orders did we not, to stop teaching in that name. Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.’ But Peter and the Apostles said in reply, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’” (ACTS 5: 28-29)

“Obey God rather than men” provides the foundational premise of civil disobedience: believers cannot submit to human authorities, institutions and laws that contradict the law of God. We are invited to make a courageous stand in favor of the Gospel. Every person, who is for life and love, can expect a different level of “persecution.” It is silent disapproval from parents, it could be loud criticism from other doctors—partners in your clinic or even rejection and losing your place to work. In every situation we are not alone; we can expect all kinds of help from God, Whom we are to obey. And when this world closes some doors for us, God will open many, many more—because He never abandons His children. On the other hand people, who are useful to the system, are left immediately when they are not more profitable. I have heard so many times your testimonials, how difficult it was to make a decision to be NFP only, and how you suffered at the beginning, and how beautifully you were rewarded by God’s grace. You are His witnesses. 

“You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe!” (Gospel Acclamation)


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Categorised in: Fr Jarosław Szymczak