This week’s Two-Minute Warning features BreakPoint chairman of the board and Beeson Divinity school dean Dr. Timothy George. Following the theme of freedom of worship vs. freedom of religion, Chuck Colson prompts the topic of civil disobedience. As Dr. George explains, the primary purpose of the Manhattan Declaration and of any Christian understanding of civil disobedience should not lie in the assumption that we desire such disobedience -- in fact, we hope disobedience never becomes necessary. Yet we are caught in the tension of living under the authority of both God and man.
Dr. George explains that the government does not have the right to pass laws that violate our conscience; thus there may be areas of life in which the government ought not to rule. The law intrinsically functions as a moral guide, for better or for worse. As Augustine pointed out, an unjust law is no law at all.
Now for your thoughts. When is a law unjust and how should we respond?