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The Political Community

164 While our allegiance to God takes precedence over our allegiance to any state, we acknowledge the vital function of government as a principal vehicle for the ordering of society.

Because we know ourselves to be responsible to God for social and political life, we declare the following relative to governments:


Basic Freedoms & Human Rights | Political Responsibility | Church and State Relations | Freedom of Information | Education | Civil Obedience and Civil Disobedience | The Death Penalty | Criminal and Restorative Justice | Military Service

From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2004. Copyright 2004 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

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