Week beginning: 16th November, 2014
By John Scriven | Bath
'But Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you; the LORD shall rule over you".'
'Therefore God has also highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…'Judges 8:23 NKJV, Philippians 2:9-10a NKJV
In 1625 the French Assembly of Clergy declared that "Kings are ordained of God and, not only that, they are indeed Gods". In our more democratic times, we may consign such extreme sentiments to the past. However, if we do not acknowledge that there is a law above (secular) law -- that is, God's law -- and that all rulers are accountable to Him, we ascribe to our rulers an ultimate authority that they do not possess.
Whether and how we react to particular laws that are contrary to God's laws is a matters for judgement in each case. But, as Christian lawyers, we have a unique ability to think critically about, and (as necessary) respond to, our secular laws. We do this as a witness to the character of God and for the benefit of our society. For the busy lawyer, this might seem like another burden in already crowded lives, but we can share it with other Christians and organisations, while influencing those around us.
1. For ourselves, that we will have a right judgement of secular laws in the light of God's standards.
2. For Christians in public life, that they will have the wisdom and strength to fulfil their calling.
3. For the witness of the LCF and its members in the public square.