People rarely get slandered, persecuted, or rejected, because of the actual Gospel. It’s usually our harsh words, lack of listening, lack of humility, arguing, political positions, that get us into trouble. Our words and behavior often drive people away from the Gospel, and The Gospel alone can change hearts and lives. The last thing we want is a bunch of well-behaved citizens going to Hell. Jesus died to prevent that very thing.
But I digress. On to the discussion at hand.
*If I am required by the government to do something contrary to the Word of God, then I obey God. I will suffer persecution and oppression, Jesus Himself promises us that. So, I obey the Government when I can. *
The good news is that there is no law against Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Gentleness, and Self-control. So as long as I focus on allowing The Holy Spirit to gain more of me, conflicts with the government should be rare.
But really, here in the USA, obeying God’s Will is about not taking advantage of freedoms and rights (self-control) because of our growing Christ-likeness. God gives us increasing freedom and desire to do what is right from our hearts, so there is no need for law.
But, because we now see sin for what it is, we become sad and upset (understandably) when we see our own hated sinfulness in others. We forget our own helplessness battling against our own sin, and so we pressure unbelievers to do what we couldn’t do without Christ. And so, we become legalistic and focus on laws, rules, and other forms of coercion, because we Christians think it’s up to us to control everyone else’s behavior. It turns out that changing lives and hearts is The Holy Spirit’s job, not ours. Who knew?
Instead of relying on political pressure, a Christian’s weapons are a Changed Life (Sanctification), Prayer, Servanthood, and Love. So, we are called to vote, even protest, but we aren’t to hate, coerce, or slander.