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Diplomatic Immunity

Travel under the Highest AuthorityQ. Most governments of this world recognize the privilege of "Diplomatic Immunity." As ambassadors of Christ's kingdom, shouldn't we also claim diplomatic immunity?

A. Diplomatic immunity is a principle of international law by which certain foreign government officials are not subject to the jurisdiction of local courts and other authorities for both their official and, to a large extent, their personal activities.

There is a tendency to focus on the privileges of "Diplomatic Immunity" to enable ambassadors from the Kingdom of Heaven to avoid personal responsibility. Not a good idea. First of all, the world does not recognize citizens of Heaven, let alone ambassadors. Besides that, we are not looking for their recognition. Nor are we looking for a way to commit crimes.

It is better to focus on being obedient to the laws of the Kingdom of Heaven. During an incident where we are being accused of violating secular statutes, we need to remember that our government is not of this world. We expect to be held accountable to the laws from which we come. Our conduct is not an offense, if it is not an offense in the Kingdom of Heaven.

If we are brought before a magistrate, our duty is to inform him of our status as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and that we expect to be held accountable to the laws of our Government. If the court proceeds ahead anyway, plead guilty with explanation. The explanation is that yes, we did the acts that we are being accused of, but we did them in obedience to the Government from whence we came.

In actuality, this is a form of demur to the charges. They lack the jurisdiction over the individual who is already obedient to one Master. The law cannot require someone to obey two masters, which is impossible. We can only do the acts in obedience to our Government, and our Government was established prior to their government.

We have seen secular courts dismiss or set aside the charges for this reason. They have not wanted to admit that our good deeds are against the law, nor admit that their laws do not agree with God. And as for us, we must obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)

No man can serve two masters. For either he shall hate the one and love the other: or else he shall lean to the one and despise the other: ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Matthew 6:24

Who are thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Romans 14:4

Remember ye not how that to whomsoever ye commit yourselves as servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey: whether it be of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Romans 6:16