GOD ORDAINED GOVERNMENT

  Does it surprise you for me to write, Government is divine?  Yes, government is ordained by God. God has established three divine institutions. They are: the home, the church and the government.  God set apart the home by instituting marriage.  Husband and wife committed to each other and the means of propagating the human race through children. 
God set apart the church to be God’s means of offering the Good News of salvation (forgiveness of sins) to the whole world.  God set apart government to protect the rights of individuals.  There must be law (government) or you have anarchy. The government is to be an agent of justice, to restrain evil by punishing the wrong doer and to protect the good in society.  Look at Romans chapter 13 verses 1-5: “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities…The authorities that exist have been established by God…Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.”
Every person must obey the rulers of human government because God has established such authority.  It does not mean that God has placed the particular person in place of authority but the position of authority, office, is sanctioned by God.

  But, I want to be sure to tell you that there is one exception to what I have said and that is found in the scripture in Acts 5:29: “Peter and the other Apostles replied, we must obey God rather than man.”  The Apostles had been threatened not to teach in Jesus’ Name.  This government edit they could not and would not keep.   Our first obligation is to God.  The law of God is the highest law of all. Our primary allegiance is to God through obeying His Word.  But, God has delegated His authority for governing people to man, so we must be subject to any and all laws NOT contrary to the laws of God.  There are those who teach riot and rebellion in the name of Christ.  They teach that the Christian thing to do is to disobey the law, rebel against authorities.  Such action is refuted by Scripture.  Christians may not always agree on politics or political parties but they can all agree on their attitude toward human government.  Christians must be obedient to human authority.  When government and the Word of God are in conflict, Christians should do everything possible through the courts and the political processes to try to resolve the disagreement and change the laws.  The Bible does not approve of civil disobedience as an answer to injustice.

  The U.S. constitution states in the First Amendment “that congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”    
The government is not to establish a national religion or dictate to the citizens the parameters of their worshipful expression.  Christians must understand that this world is not our home.  We must not demand our value standard to be placed on the world.  Christianity cannot be forced on the non-christian. What right do the Christians have to insist on their Christian principles on people of other faith or people of no faith?   It is my conviction that religious teaching, prayer, reading of God’s Word is a personal matter, therefore must be carried out in the home and in the assembly of those of like precious faith.

  We the people of God must be active participants in every aspect of the society in which we live.  We must be the salt, light, and leavening force for positive change in our world that God has called us to be.   The Christian must live in an ungodly world until the influence of the Christian’s life works.  Changed hearts, not violence and force, is the answer to the problems of  mankind.

  I Timothy 2:1-2 “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 

2 Responses to “GOD ORDAINED GOVERNMENT”

  1. Well interesting perspective and I agree completely. Although as Christians we would love to see everyone in the public have our values, we cannot force these values on anyone. We need to live out our faith and pray that God will use us to be salt and light and help influence others, but not try to beat them over the head with our values. We need to let the Holy Spirit do His work!

  2. Max Thank you so much. We that have Christians values should vote for a man that says he has Christian values ,not the party ! Thank you for pointing this out. Love you, Joann

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