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That the Living May Know: Civil Disobedience in the Book of Daniel

"This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men." (Dan. 4:17)

The proper relationship of Christians and the government is a much-debated issue in the church today. "When is it biblical to resist the state?" is a question that is asked in many different circles. To many Christians, it seems like a choice between vigilantes who want to overthrow the government, and push-overs who hold to the unconditional authority of the state. The solution to this dilemma will be found only after examining the biblical foundation for government and scriptural examples of civil disobedience.