"A nation of laws, not men"
Which of these ideas do you prefer?
The first, or something like it, is inscribed in marble on the front of the criminal court building in New Orleans. I had problems with it 60 years ago riding my bike in the street in front of it. I still have problems with it:
Who wrote the laws?
Who enforces the laws?
When do you break the law?
When do you feel you must break the law?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the top spiritual leaders of Germany during the Second World War, was executed in 1945 for implication in a failed plot to assassinate Hitler. (In spirit he broke not only the German law, but the Quaker law of non-violence.)
If you were in a similar position, would you do what he did?
Our laws are selectively enforced, and in fact we have a social compact to break certain laws and generally do that with impunity.
Laws, not men? No law is any better than the man who wrote it. Good men make good laws; corrupt men make (and selectively enforce) laws for their own benefit.
I can only conclude that the Christian conscience directs us to uphold the law until or unless it becomes an intolerable oppression.