Before I respond, I need to define civil disobedience. Civil disobedience is the refusal to obey a government’s unjust laws and demands. Just because a practice is legal does not make it moral or ethical before God.
When a government passes laws that are against God and His Word, we are obligated before the Lord to disobey those particular laws—not as a political statement, but as a matter of conscience, submitting ourselves to God’s higher Law (see Ex. 1:10–22; Dan. 3:1–30; Acts 5:27–29).
I also want all of my readers to realize that civil disobedience is a serious and sometimes costly decision (Rev. 6:9, 20:4). A good number of Christians across the globe are in jail or have become martyrs because being a Christian or even just talking to someone about Jesus in their context is a crime, a form of civil disobedience. Even in our own country, it was a dangerous and risky step for Rosa Parks not to give up her seat on that bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. In Holland, during World War II Corrie ten Boom and her family were involved in civil disobedience, sheltering and protecting Jews instead of turning them over to the Nazi authorities. Corrie and her family paid dearly for their obedience to Jesus! Their “crime” was discovered, and they were sent to the infamous Nazi concentration camp Ravensbrück where Corrie’s sister Betsie died.
Civil disobedience is not an expression of a Christian’s displeasure with a government, but a courageous, often costly, step of faith and obedience to Christ! If you have not done so already, I encourage you to prayerfully read The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom.