“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” 1 Peter 2:13-17 -> me: This topic of ‘When is Civil Disobedience Appropriate for Christians?’ continues to consume my time with the Lord. For the last several days I have, again, been petitioning my God and Savior for answers to the current situation we face as a church. We continue to be thrown around by worldly leaders in state government who seem to be making decisions on data different than what has been made visible to us. Even though Washington state has remained in a good place (compared to other states) the governor persists in making tighter guidelines for houses of worship. We have been enjoying an outdoor setting to our Sunday worship services the last 3 weeks and it has been awesome, but just yesterday, the governor tightened guidelines to 200 people max for outdoor services and 200 people max for indoor services…which does not make sense. Outdoors has proven to be a better environment for limiting viral loads much more than indoors yet they are now the same numbers. Now I get that we are learning more about the virus every week, and I have to imagine that being in a leadership position like Inslee has got to be tough but this is getting a little crazy and making it truly a ‘Strength of God’ situation to continue to be subject to these requirements and guidance. I hardly ever do this but I am asking you for something this time – if you feel comfortable, please share with me scripture references that you believe supports bucking the Governor’s constraints making it difficult to meet as a church body.