Some people say, “It is wrong to smuggle Bibles.” Others say, “Sometimes Christians have to smuggle Bibles.”
Read the following chart comparing the two views, then discuss: Should Christians obey the laws of anti-Christian countries that forbid handing out Bibles?
Some people say: “It is wrong to smuggle Bibles.”
Others say: “Sometimes Christians have to smuggle Bibles.”
||“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1, NIV). Some people say this verse means Christians must not take Bibles into countries where government leaders do not want Bibles.
||Christ commanded His followers, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). “All the world” includes countries where it is illegal to preach the gospel. In that case, “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29, NIV)
|The laws and commands of rulers
||Some people say that Christians must obey all the laws and commands of rulers, even if those laws cause us to disobey God’s Word.
||The following people in the Bible disobeyed government rulers in order to obey God: Moses’ mother (Exodus 2:2), Rahab (Joshua 2), Daniel (Daniel 6), apostles and others (Acts 5).
|Danger for those who follow Christ
||If Bibles are smuggled into countries where Christians are persecuted, people will read them. Those who then choose to follow Christ will be persecuted. If the smugglers do not take them a Bible, they will not be persecuted.
||Jesus warned His followers that they will be persecuted (John 15:20). He has promised His persecuted followers that they will received eternal rewards (Matthew 5:11,12).
||Some people say that Christians should show respect and tolerance for the beliefs of those who don’t follow Christ. They say that giving them Bibles does not show this respect for their beliefs.
||When we tell others the Good News of the way to eternal life, we are demonstrating our extreme love for them. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).