Blockading Abortion Clinic Doors and Personal Sin

Corrie ten Boom – Righteous Among the Nations
By Pastor Matt Trewhella - Posted at

Recently some Christians were arrested for blocking the door of the abortion clinic (death camp) in Louisville, Kentucky. Some have condemned their action because they have “broken the law.” One slogan I have heard repeatedly to explain why they should not have broken the law is: “We should only disobey the government when they make a law which would cause us to sin personally.”

And this is wrong.

It is wrong biblically. It is wrong historically.

The standard that Christian men have followed down through the ages is: “When the State commands us to do what God forbids or forbids us to do what God commands – we are to obey God rather than man.”

This is far different from “We only disobey if we have to sin personally.”

If that assertion is true, then Corrie Ten Boom was wrong for hiding Jews from the Nazis in her home. No one told Corrie she had to personally place Jews in the concentration camps. Yet she took action – broke the law – to try and keep Jews (at least some) from ending up there.