“I do think simple disobedience may sometimes be the wiser course — declining to follow the law and accepting the legal punishment for breaking the law. One of the most compelling features of the civil-rights movement was Martin Luther King’s willingness to bear the punishment for the laws he violated, even when he believed the law was unjust. This made a powerful statement, both about respect for law and about his commitment to civil rights. There are costs for anybody who takes that route, obviously. But I do think those who have religious objections to a law should ask themselves if it’s important enough to bear the consequences for violating the law.”
This would be a good way for American Christians — myself very much included — to find out whether there’s a genuine fit between what we say we care about and what we actually care about. The results of the experiment might not be very comforting.