Is It Unbiblical For Christians To Obey Public Health Regulations?

(All Bible quotations, except otherwise stated, are from the New Living Translation).

Many conservative Christians are eternally combating public health measures (as well as public health officials) put in place to curtail the spread of deadly communicable diseases within the population. Whether it’s apathy/antipathy towards vaccination, resistance towards lockdown/ isolation/quarantine, or outright disdain for the use of protective gears, the negative reactions of some Christians towards efforts aimed at mitigating the spread of lethal contagious diseases is well documented. These Christians readily point to their faith and autonomy as sufficient reasons to resist public health rules designed for the good of all. What does the Bible say concerning the use of preventive measures to limit the spread of diseases? Are Christians at liberty to demonise and disobey government officials who make laws for the safety of the public? We shall examine the Scriptures to answer these questions.

In the Mosaic law given to Israel on Mount Sinai, Jehovah, in addition to the moral commandments, gave the Jews strict health regulations, aimed at detecting and isolating people with communicable diseases from the rest of the community, especially when the entire nation lived in mobile camps in the wilderness. The priests (who were the sons of Aaron) performed the function of public health physicians to the rest of the nation. They were tasked with the responsibilities of diagnosing infectious diseases, isolating those infected, as well as certifying them fit, after healing, before they could be allowed to join the rest of the camp. Whether it was for diseases like leprosy or other contagious skin infections, God made it clear to his people that adequate measures were to be taken to protect the health of the public. Individuals were to take responsibility for themselves and their neighbours, by promptly presenting themselves to the physician-priests for early diagnosis of suspicious lesions, and by adhering to the strict isolation/quarantine measures put in place to safeguard the health of the public. Also, people with abnormal skin and other body discharges were to take special care to avoid close contact with others, in order not to infect them. Such people with contagious discharges were to take personal hygiene measures seriously (washing of body and clothes and other items contaminated by discharges). People who came in contact with those discharging abnormally were to observe strict personal hygiene also, to decontaminate themselves. Thus, several millennia ago, Jehovah instituted a robust public health programme among the Jews, aimed at mitigating the spread of infectious diseases and preserving the health of his people. This shows that God is not only interested in the spiritual wellbeing of his people, he is also concerned about their physical health, for a sound mind/spirit can only be found in a sound body! The God who preserved Israel miraculously for 40 years in the wilderness also gave them mundane personal and public health laws to keep them physically healthy! And God expected strict compliance with those laws, with severe punishment prescribed for transgressors. It buttresses the fact that obedience to public health regulations is compatible with faith, and that it’s biblical to use medical knowledge to prevent the spread of diseases and to promote health. Science and religion are not mutually exclusive, for Jehovah is the creator of both the spiritual and scientific laws of nature! God gave mankind both the brain/mind to subdue and rule the world, as well as the spirit to connect with him by faith. We can’t be who God wants us to be if we fail to harness all the capabilities God has put in us!

Leviticus 13:1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron,

Leviticus 13:2 “If some of the people notice a swelling or a rash or a shiny patch on their skin that develops into a contagious skin disease, they must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons.

Leviticus 13:3 The priest will then examine the affected area of a person’s skin. If the hair in the affected area has turned white and appears to be more than skin-deep, then it is a contagious skin disease, and the priest must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean.

Leviticus 13:4 “But if the affected area of the skin is white but does not appear to be more than skin-deep, and if the hair in the spot has not turned white, the priest will put the infected person in quarantine for seven days.

Leviticus 13:5 On the seventh day the priest will make another examination. If the affected area has not changed or spread on the skin, then the priest will put the person in quarantine for seven more days.

Leviticus 13:6 The priest will examine the skin again on the seventh day. If the affected area has faded and not spread, the priest will pronounce the person ceremonially clean. It was only a temporary rash. So after washing the clothes, the person will be considered free of disease.

Leviticus 13:7 But if the rash continues to spread after this examination and pronouncement by the priest, the infected person must return to be examined again.

Leviticus 13:8 If the priest notices that the rash has spread, then he must pronounce this person ceremonially unclean, for it is a contagious skin disease.

Leviticus 13:9 “Anyone who develops a contagious skin disease must go to the priest for an examination.

Leviticus 13:10 If the priest sees that some hair has turned white and an open sore appears in the affected area,

Leviticus 13:11 it is clearly a contagious skin disease, and the priest must pronounce that person ceremonially unclean. In such cases, the person need not be quarantined for further observation because it is clear that the skin is defiled by the disease.

Leviticus 13:12 “Now suppose the priest discovers after his examination that a rash has broken out all over someone’s skin, covering the body from head to foot.

Leviticus 13:13 In such cases, the priest must examine the infected person to see if the disease covers the entire body. If it does, he will pronounce the person ceremonially clean because the skin has turned completely white.

Leviticus 13:14 But if any open sores appear, the infected person will be pronounced ceremonially unclean.

Leviticus 13:15 The priest must make this pronouncement as soon as he sees an open sore because open sores indicate the presence of a contagious skin disease.

Leviticus 13:16 However, if the open sores heal and turn white like the rest of the skin, the person must return to the priest.

Leviticus 13:17 If, after another examination, the affected areas have indeed turned completely white, then the priest will pronounce the person ceremonially clean.

Leviticus 13:18 “If anyone has had a boil on the skin that has started to heal,

Leviticus 13:19 but a white swelling or a reddish white spot remains in its place, that person must go to the priest to be examined.

Leviticus 13:20 If the priest finds the disease to be more than skin-deep, and if the hair in the affected area has turned white, then the priest must pronounce that person ceremonially unclean. It is a contagious skin disease that has broken out in the boil.

Leviticus 13:21 But if the priest sees that there is no white hair in the affected area, and if it doesn’t appear to be more than skin-deep and has faded, then the priest is to put the person in quarantine for seven days.

Leviticus 13:22 If during that time the affected area spreads on the skin, the priest must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean, because it is a contagious skin disease.

Leviticus 13:23 But if the area grows no larger and does not spread, it is merely the scar from the boil, and the priest will pronounce that person ceremonially clean.

Leviticus 13:24 “If anyone has suffered a burn on the skin and the burned area changes color, becoming either a shiny reddish white or white,

Leviticus 13:25 then the priest must examine it. If the hair in the affected area turns white and the problem appears to be more than skin-deep, a contagious skin disease has broken out in the burn. The priest must then pronounce that person ceremonially unclean, for it is clearly a contagious skin disease.

Leviticus 13:26 But if the priest discovers that there is no white hair in the affected area and the problem appears to be no more than skin-deep and has faded, then the priest is to put the infected person in quarantine for seven days.

Leviticus 13:27 If at the end of that time the affected area has spread on the skin, the priest must pronounce that person ceremonially unclean, for it is clearly a contagious skin disease.

Leviticus 13:28 But if the affected area has not moved or spread on the skin and has faded, it is simply a scar from the burn. The priest must then pronounce the person ceremonially clean.

Leviticus 13:29 “If anyone, whether a man or woman, has an open sore on the head or chin,

Leviticus 13:30 the priest must examine the infection. If it appears to be more than skin-deep and fine yellow hair is found in the affected area, the priest must pronounce the infected person ceremonially unclean. The infection is a contagious skin disease of the head or chin.

Leviticus 13:31 However, if the priest’s examination reveals that the infection is only skin-deep and there is no black hair in the affected area, then he must put the person in quarantine for seven days.

Leviticus 13:32 If at the end of that time the affected area has not spread and no yellow hair has appeared, and if the infection does not appear to be more than skin-deep,

Leviticus 13:33 the infected person must shave off all hair except the hair on the affected area. Then the priest must put the person in quarantine for another seven days,

Leviticus 13:34 and he will examine the infection again on the seventh day. If it has not spread and appears to be no more than skin-deep, the priest must pronounce that person ceremonially clean. After washing clothes, that person will be clean.

Leviticus 13:35 But if the infection begins to spread after the person is pronounced clean,

Leviticus 13:36 the priest must do another examination. If the infection has spread, he must pronounce the infected person ceremonially unclean, even without checking for yellow hair.

Leviticus 13:37 But if it appears that the infection has stopped spreading and black hair has grown in the affected area, then the infection has healed. The priest will then pronounce the infected person ceremonially clean.

Leviticus 13:38 “If anyone, whether a man or woman, has shiny white patches on the skin,

Leviticus 13:39 the priest must examine the affected area. If the patch is only a pale white, this is a harmless skin rash, and the person is ceremonially clean.

Leviticus 13:40 “If a man loses his hair and his head becomes bald, he is still ceremonially clean.

Leviticus 13:41 And if he loses hair on his forehead, he simply has a bald forehead; he is still clean.

Leviticus 13:42 However, if a reddish white infection appears on the front or the back of his head, this is a contagious skin disease.

Leviticus 13:43 The priest must examine him, and if he finds swelling around the reddish white sore,

Leviticus 13:44 the man is infected with a contagious skin disease and is unclean. The priest must pronounce him ceremonially unclean because of the infection.

Leviticus 13:45 “Those who suffer from any contagious skin disease must tear their clothing and allow their hair to hang loose. Then, as they go from place to place, they must cover their mouth and call out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’

Leviticus 13:46 As long as the disease lasts, they will be ceremonially unclean and must live in isolation outside the camp.

Leviticus 13:47 “Now suppose an infectious mildew contaminates some woolen or linen clothing,

Leviticus 13:48 some woolen or linen fabric, the hide of an animal, or anything made of leather.

Leviticus 13:49 If the affected area in the clothing, the animal hide, the fabric, or the leather has turned bright green or a reddish color, it is contaminated with an infectious mildew and must be taken to the priest to be examined.

Leviticus 13:50 After examining the affected spot, the priest will put it away for seven days.

Leviticus 13:51 On the seventh day the priest must inspect it again. If the affected area has spread, the material is clearly contaminated by an infectious mildew and is unclean.

Leviticus 13:52 The priest must burn the linen or wool clothing or the piece of leather because it has been contaminated by an infectious mildew. It must be completely destroyed by fire.

Leviticus 13:53 “But if the priest examines it again and the affected spot has not spread in the clothing, the fabric, or the leather,

Leviticus 13:54 the priest will order the contaminated object to be washed and then isolated for seven more days.

Leviticus 13:55 Then the priest must inspect the object again. If he sees that the affected area has not changed appearance after being washed, even if it did not spread, the object is defiled. It must be completely burned up, whether it is contaminated on the inside or outside.

Leviticus 13:56 But if the priest sees that the affected area has faded after being washed, he is to cut the spot from the clothing, the fabric, or the leather.

Leviticus 13:57 If the spot reappears at a later time, however, the mildew is clearly spreading, and the contaminated object must be burned up.

Leviticus 13:58 But if the spot disappears after the object is washed, it must be washed again; then it will be ceremonially clean.

Leviticus 13:59 “These are the instructions for dealing with infectious mildew in woolen or linen clothing or fabric, or in anything made of leather. This is how the priest will determine whether these things are ceremonially clean or unclean.”

Leviticus 15:1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron,

Leviticus 15:2 “Give these further instructions to the Israelites: Any man who has a genital discharge is ceremonially unclean because of it.

Leviticus 15:3 This defilement applies whether the discharge continues or is stopped up. In either case the man is unclean.

Leviticus 15:4 Any bedding on which he lies and anything on which he sits will be defiled.

Leviticus 15:5 “So if you touch the man’s bedding, you will be required to wash your clothes and bathe in water, and you will remain ceremonially defiled until evening.

Leviticus 15:6 If you sit where the man with the discharge has sat, you will be required to wash your clothes and bathe in water. You will then remain defiled until evening.

Leviticus 15:7 The same instructions apply if you touch the man who has the unclean discharge.

Leviticus 15:8 And if he spits on you, you must undergo the same procedure.

Leviticus 15:9 Any blanket on which the man rides will be defiled.

Leviticus 15:10 If you touch or carry anything that was under him, you will be required to wash your clothes and bathe in water, and you will remain defiled until evening.

Leviticus 15:11 If the man touches you without first rinsing his hands, then you will be required to wash your clothes and bathe in water, and you will remain defiled until evening.

Leviticus 15:12 Any clay pot touched by the man with the discharge must be broken, and every wooden utensil he touches must be rinsed with water.

Leviticus 15:13 “When the man’s discharge heals, he must count off a period of seven days. During that time, he must wash his clothes and bathe in fresh springwater. Then he will be ceremonially clean.

Leviticus 15:14 On the eighth day he must bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons and present himself to the Lord at the entrance of the Tabernacle and give his offerings to the priest.

Leviticus 15:15 The priest will present the offerings there, one for a sin offering and the other for a whole burnt offering. In this way, the priest will make atonement for the man before the Lord for his discharge.

Leviticus 15:16 “Whenever a man has an emission of semen, he must wash his entire body, and he will remain ceremonially defiled until evening.

Leviticus 15:17 Any clothing or leather that comes in contact with the semen must be washed, and it will remain defiled until evening.

Leviticus 15:18 After having sexual intercourse, both the man and the woman must bathe, and they will remain defiled until evening.

Leviticus 15:19 “Whenever a woman has her menstrual period, she will be ceremonially unclean for seven days. If you touch her during that time, you will be defiled until evening.

Leviticus 15:20 Anything on which she lies or sits during that time will be defiled.

Leviticus 15:21 If you touch her bed, you must wash your clothes and bathe in water, and you will remain defiled until evening.

Leviticus 15:22 The same applies if you touch an object on which she sits,

Leviticus 15:23 whether it is her bedding or any piece of furniture.

Leviticus 15:24 If a man has sexual intercourse with her during this time, her menstrual impurity will be transmitted to him. He will remain defiled for seven days, and any bed on which he lies will be defiled.

Leviticus 15:25 “If the menstrual flow of blood continues for many days beyond the normal period, or if she discharges blood unrelated to her menstruation, the woman will be ceremonially unclean as long as the discharge continues.

Leviticus 15:26 Anything on which she lies or sits during that time will be defiled, just as it would be during her normal menstrual period.

Leviticus 15:27 If you touch her bed or anything on which she sits, you will be defiled. You will be required to wash your clothes and bathe in water, and you will remain defiled until evening.

Leviticus 15:28 “When the woman’s menstrual discharge stops, she must count off a period of seven days. After that, she will be ceremonially clean.

Leviticus 15:29 On the eighth day, she must bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons and present them to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle.

Leviticus 15:30 The priest will offer one for a sin offering and the other for a whole burnt offering. In this way, the priest will make atonement for her before the Lord for her menstrual discharge.

Leviticus 15:31 “In this way, you will keep the people of Israel separate from things that will defile them, so they will not die as a result of defiling my Tabernacle that is right there among them.

Leviticus 15:32 These are the instructions for dealing with a man who has been defiled by a genital discharge or an emission of semen;

Leviticus 15:33 for dealing with a woman during her monthly menstrual period; for dealing with anyone, man or woman, who has had a bodily discharge of any kind; and for dealing with a man who has had intercourse with a woman during her period.”

Leviticus 15:33 These are the teachings for the woman who becomes unclean from her monthly period, for a man or woman who has a discharge, and for a man who becomes unclean by having sexual relations with a woman who is unclean.

In addition to isolation and quarantine of people with certain infectious diseases, Jehovah also instituted physical and social distancing measures among the Jews, with respect to those with contagious diseases. Lepers were to live outside the camp, and when they walked among the people, they were to observe adequate physical distancing, among other measures. Lepers were not to be touched by others (and were not to touch others too)! Even houses of people with contagious diseases were to be decontaminated where possible, or outrightly destroyed, if decontamination was impossible, just to prevent others from being infected! When Miriam, Moses’s sister and a prophetess, was struck with leprosy, she was quarantined outside the camp, and the entire nation halted its journey in the wilderness for seven days, until she was healed and rejoined the camp. This shows that physical and public health are as important to God as spiritual health. No wonder God warns us against doing things that could destroy our bodies, for our bodies are the temple of God! It is our individual responsibilities to take good care of our bodies and to preserve our health, for God will hold us accountable for destroying our bodies, which are his temple. If we refuse to listen to expert advice and insist rather on living dangerously and recklessly (thinking spirituality would offset or compensate for the negligence of our bodies), we’d be held responsible for destroying our bodies, which are the temple of God.

Leviticus 13:45 “Those who suffer from any contagious skin disease must tear their clothing and allow their hair to hang loose. Then, as they go from place to place, they must cover their mouth and call out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’

Leviticus 13:46 As long as the disease lasts, they will be ceremonially unclean and must live in isolation outside the camp.

Leviticus 14:33 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,

Leviticus 14:34 “When you arrive in Canaan, the land I am giving you as an inheritance, I may contaminate some of your houses with an infectious mildew.

Leviticus 14:35 The owner of such a house must then go to the priest and say, ‘It looks like my house has some kind of disease.’

Leviticus 14:36 Before the priest examines the house, he must have the house emptied so everything inside will not be pronounced unclean. Then the priest will go in and inspect the house.

Leviticus 14:37 If he finds bright green or reddish streaks on the walls of the house and the contamination appears to go deeper than the wall’s surface,

Leviticus 14:38 he will leave the house and lock it up for seven days.

Leviticus 14:39 On the seventh day the priest must return for another inspection. If the mildew on the walls of the house has spread,

Leviticus 14:40 the priest must order that the stones from those areas be removed. The contaminated material will then be thrown into an area outside the town designated as ceremonially unclean.

Leviticus 14:41 Next the inside walls of the entire house must be scraped thoroughly and the scrapings dumped in the unclean place outside the town.

Leviticus 14:42 Other stones will be brought in to replace the ones that were removed, and the walls will be replastered.

Leviticus 14:43 “But if the mildew reappears after all these things have been done,

Leviticus 14:44 the priest must return and inspect the house again. If he sees that the affected areas have spread, the walls are clearly contaminated with an infectious mildew, and the house is defiled.

Leviticus 14:45 It must be torn down, and all its stones, timbers, and plaster must be carried out of town to the place designated as ceremonially unclean.

Leviticus 14:46 Anyone who enters the house while it is closed will be considered ceremonially unclean until evening.

Leviticus 14:47 All who sleep or eat in the house must wash their clothing.

Leviticus 14:48 “But if the priest returns for his inspection and finds that the affected areas have not reappeared after the fresh plastering, then he will pronounce the house clean because the infectious mildew is clearly gone.

Numbers 12:1 While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because he had married a Cushite woman.

Numbers 12:2 They said, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he spoken through us, too?” But the Lord heard them.

Numbers 12:3 Now Moses was more humble than any other person on earth.

Numbers 12:4 So immediately the Lord called to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam and said, “Go out to the Tabernacle, all three of you!” And the three of them went out.

Numbers 12:5 Then the Lord descended in the pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the Tabernacle. “Aaron and Miriam!” he called, and they stepped forward.

Numbers 12:6 And the Lord said to them, “Now listen to me! Even with prophets, I the Lord communicate by visions and dreams.

Numbers 12:7 But that is not how I communicate with my servant Moses. He is entrusted with my entire house.

Numbers 12:8 I speak to him face to face, directly and not in riddles! He sees the Lord as he is. Should you not be afraid to criticize him?”

Numbers 12:9 The Lord was furious with them, and he departed.

Numbers 12:10 As the cloud moved from above the Tabernacle, Miriam suddenly became white as snow with leprosy. When Aaron saw what had happened,

Numbers 12:11 he cried out to Moses, “Oh, my lord! Please don’t punish us for this sin we have so foolishly committed.

Numbers 12:12 Don’t let her be like a stillborn baby, already decayed at birth.”

Numbers 12:13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, “Heal her, O God, I beg you!”

Numbers 12:14 And the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had spit in her face, wouldn’t she have been defiled for seven days? Banish her from the camp for seven days, and after that she may return.”

Numbers 12:15 So Miriam was excluded from the camp for seven days, and the people waited until she was brought back before they traveled again.

1 Corinthians 3:16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?

1 Corinthians 3:17 God will bring ruin upon anyone who ruins this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you Christians are that temple.

In the Scriptures, whenever God was about to bring some widespread catastrophic judgement upon a people (in the form of plagues, pestilence, flood, etc), he would warn his people to hide themselves (through lockdown/sheltering) so as to preserve their lives. Before the flood came, God commanded Noah to build an ark and shelter inside with his family. When God was about to bring judgement upon Egypt, he warned his people to remain indoors the night the death angel was to pass through the land. In the book of Isaiah, God forewarned his people to enter their rooms, shut the door and hide for a while, until his wrath was over. Thus, the concept of lockdown/sheltering to avoid judgement started with God. We all know God’s judgements come in the form of plagues, pestilential diseases, famine, wars, etc. To refuse to hide (through sheltering/lockdown) when a plague or a pestilence is ravaging the land is the height of foolishness! To refuse to adopt safety measures to protect ourselves and others, when the mode of transmission of a plague is known, is simply tempting God! That’s accepting the devil’s challenge to deliberately hurl ourselves down from the pinnacle of the temple, while expecting angels to protect us! How many stubborn and rebellious ministers and other believers have died from Covid-19, by disdaining and ridiculing expert public health advice? How many Christians have tempted God, by refusing to protect themselves against the coronavirus pandemic, and have died thereby? Faith and common sense are not supposed to be at variance! Sensible lockdown and other protective measures put in place in the midst of a devastating plague should not be seen as a breach of liberty, but should be embraced as life-saving! Only the living can enjoy liberty! Insisting on absolute freedom, when death is threatening, and ending up in the ICU or the morgue, is simply moronic!

Genesis 6:12 God observed all this corruption in the world, and he saw violence and depravity everywhere.

Genesis 6:13 So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Yes, I will wipe them all from the face of the earth!

Genesis 6:14 “Make a boat from resinous wood and seal it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior.

Genesis 6:15 Make it 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.

Genesis 6:16 Construct an opening all the way around the boat, 18 inches below the roof. Then put three decks inside the boat—bottom, middle, and upper—and put a door in the side.

Genesis 6:17 “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing. Everything on earth will die!

Genesis 6:18 But I solemnly swear to keep you safe in the boat, with your wife and your sons and their wives.

Genesis 6:19 Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood.

Genesis 6:20 Pairs of each kind of bird and each kind of animal, large and small alike, will come to you to be kept alive.

Genesis 6:21 And remember, take enough food for your family and for all the animals.”

Genesis 6:22 So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.

Hebrews 11:7 It was by faith that Noah built an ark to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about something that had never happened before. By his faith he condemned the rest of the world and was made right in God’s sight.

Exodus 12:21 Then Moses called for the leaders of Israel and said, “Tell each of your families to slaughter the lamb they have set apart for the Passover.

Exodus 12:22 Drain each lamb’s blood into a basin. Then take a cluster of hyssop branches and dip it into the lamb’s blood. Strike the hyssop against the top and sides of the doorframe, staining it with the blood. And remember, no one is allowed to leave the house until morning.

Exodus 12:23 For the Lord will pass through the land and strike down the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the Lord will pass over your home. He will not permit the Destroyer to enter and strike down your firstborn.

Isaiah 26:20 My people, go into your rooms
and shut your doors behind you.
Hide in your rooms for a short time
until God’s anger is finished.

Isaiah 26:21 The Lord will leave his place
to punish the people of the world for their sins.
The earth will show the blood of the people who have been killed;
it will not cover the dead any longer (NCV).

Proverbs 22:3 Sensible people foresee trouble and hide from it, but gullible people go ahead and suffer the consequence (GodsWord).

Finally, we’re enjoined in the Scriptures to obey those in authority, as well as the laws they make, not only for fear of sanctions, but because it’s the right thing to do. I know some human laws are in contradiction to the commandments of God, and should be resisted. However, when the laws of the land do not violate God’s commandments, and are actually meant to safeguard the public, to resist them is to resist the ordinances of God. Government officials still remain agents of God appointed to maintain law and order, even if we didn’t vote for them and we don’t like them. When Apostles Paul and Peter wrote to Christians to be subject to those in authority, they weren’t only advocating submission to rulers who were friendly to the Christian faith. They were rather enjoining Christians to submit to wicked and evil pagan rulers who actually hated Christianity and wanted to stamp it out! Yet, the apostles still considered those evil emperors to be ordained of God and to be obeyed. Governments today, however imperfect and evil they may be, still remain ordained of God to maintain law and order. And we should obey them because God said so! To disregard their ordinances (when they’re meant for the public good) is to disregard the ordinances of God! To deliberately demonise, disobey and rebel against government officials (even when we cannot prove they’re going contrary to God’s word) is rank rascality! That’s rebelling against God’s commandment and undermining the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! That’s what the Bible says!

Romans 13:1 Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there. All governments have been placed in power by God.

Romans 13:2 So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow.

Romans 13:3 For the authorities do not frighten people who are doing right, but they frighten those who do wrong. So do what they say, and you will get along well.

Romans 13:4 The authorities are sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for you will be punished. The authorities are established by God for that very purpose, to punish those who do wrong.

Romans 13:5 So you must obey the government for two reasons: to keep from being punished and to keep a clear conscience.

Romans 13:6 Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid so they can keep on doing the work God intended them to do.

Romans 13:7 Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and import duties, and give respect and honor to all to whom it is due.

1 Peter 2:13 For the Lord’s sake, accept all authority—the king as head of state,

1 Peter 2:14 and the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish all who do wrong and to honor those who do right.

1 Peter 2:15 It is God’s will that your good lives should silence those who make foolish accusations against you.

1 Peter 2:16 You are not slaves; you are free. But your freedom is not an excuse to do evil. You are free to live as God’s slaves.

1 Peter 2:17 Show respect for everyone. Love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God. Show respect for the king.

In conclusion, Jehovah instituted a robust public health programme for his people several millennia ago, when he brought them out of bondage in the land of Egypt. The priests were given the roles of public health physicians to enforce Jehovah’s strict public health regulations among the people, which were intended to limit the spread of communicable diseases, and to keep God’s camp healthy. Prompt diagnosis of infectious diseases, early isolation and quarantine of infected people, strict personal hygiene, as well as physical and social distancing measures were readily used to mitigate the spread of communicable diseases in the camps of God’s people. Also, we saw God ordering sheltering of his people whenever a catastrophic judgement (flood, plagues, pestilences, war, etc) was about to be unleashed on sinful humanity, in order to preserve the lives of the righteous. Thus, we see from the Scriptures that adherence to public health regulations is not incongruent with faith, for the same God who requires faith for relating with him also instituted mundane public health regulations to keep his people safe from communicable diseases. Christians have a responsibility to preserve and take good care of their bodies, which are the temple of God. To refuse to adhere to life-saving regulations designed to protect and preserve one’s life is to be an accomplice in the destruction of God’s temple! As followers of Jesus Christ, we’re enjoined by the Scriptures to be obedient to government officials, and to obey rules and regulations enacted by them for the public good. To resist government officials (when they’re not violating God’s commandments) is to resist God and his ordinances. It’s tantamount to undermining the Gospel of Jesus Christ. True religion and true science are not mutually exclusive, for both originated from God.

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Published by Dr. Ndubuisi Emmanuel Ojo

Dr Ojo is a Biblical scholar and teacher who believes firmly in the original Apostolic faith as the only authentic version of Christianity, and the only legitimate basis for Christian doctrine and conduct.

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