This is a guest post by Hunter Baker, author of Political Thought: A Student’s Guide. This post is part of our 10 Things You Should Know blog series.

1. The Bible tells us to obey the governing authorities (Romans 13).

But that doesn’t mean we should merely remain passive before the government. Christians in the United States live in a democratic republic. Citizens actually possess a portion of the state’s sovereignty within themselves. To some extent, we are the governing authorities in the sense that we vote on representatives and sometimes directly on policies. Read more of this post