When is civil disobedience something that we, as Christians, both approve of and participate in? Ever?
In the end George and Colson tells us that we must be ready to draw a “line in the sand” as Christians. Obviously the “line” is the line of civil disobedience. This can come in many forms. Indeed, it has come in many forms. Civil disobedience, many would say, is an implied constitutional right and obligation of the citizens of America when the government does cross a line (as the constitution was more about limiting the government than it was limiting the people). Failure to respond to this call of action could ironically be rebellion against our constitution and the principles upon which this country was founded. Civil unrest starts with a utilization of the means provided within the law. When unproductive, it turns into civil disobedience (as was the case in the 1960s when civil rights was at issue). Next rebellion. Then all out revolution.
My questions for you are many:
Is Chuck Colson really making a “call to arms” in America?
How do we know when the line is crossed?
Is there any issue right now that justifies such a call to arms as Colson seems to be suggesting? Sanctity of life? Dignity of marriage? Religious freedom? These are the three that George suggested.
Would you respond to a “call to arms” for any of these?