At the intersection of Meeting Street and Broad Street in Charleston, South
Carolina, is the famous four corners of Law. On one corner is the City Hall,
representing City laws. On the next corner is the County Courthouse,
representing State laws. On the third corner is the Federal Building,
representing Federal laws. On the fourth corner is a Church representing God’s
law. If you were ranking the four from lowest to highest, you would have to
begin with city, then state, then federal and above all God’s Law.

Unfortunately, the laws of men are sometimes more respected than the laws of
God. The apostles recognized the importance of man’s law. See Romans chapter
13. But they also recognized that God’s laws are higher, saying, “We ought
to obey God rather than men.” It can be demonstrated that those who
respect God’s law will also respect the laws of City, State and Nation unless
they directly conflict with God’s law. And those who spurn God’s Law cannot be
trusted to respect the rest.

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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