My dear pastor shocked me this Sunday by emphatically stating that there is no place for Christian civil disobedience. He went on to state that while he disagreed with the judicial rulings in the Schiavo case, that all those who were arrested (peacefully)seeking to bring water to her in the hospice were wrong and those being arrested outside abortion clinics were wrong (and he opposes abortion). He cites Romans 13 as the basis for Christians always obeying the law. I am stunned. While I knew Christians disagreed on when civil disobedience should be practiced or how it should be practiced, I have never heard of the belief that it should never be practiced by Christians. I can think of many biblical examples of those chosing to 'obey God rather than man'. I know my pastor does not elevate the law of man over God's law but somehow, from what he said, I gather he believes that God's law requires us to always obey the government. My question: Does anyone out there believe that civil disobedience is scripturally forbidden--or know someone with this belief? What is the scriptural basis for this? You won't change my mind on the subject but I would like to understand where he might be coming from.