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Posted By Steve Downs, Executive Pastor On Tuesday, July 03, 2012

God designed government for our benefit and as part of the order and structure of His creation.  The purpose of government is to maintain peace and order by punishing what is evil and condoning what is good. 

In His sovereignty, God established in the United States of America the most effective governmental structure known to man.  Up until this last century, the concept of God had been at the very foundation of our governmental system and structures.  However, primarily due to the German philosopher, Fredrick Nietzsche declaring “God is dead,” there has been a movement to remove God from the very fabric of our society and the institution of government.  Truth is wrapped up in the very nature of God.  When God becomes irrelevant, there is no absolute truth and the concept of right and wrong ends up being determined based on feelings and circumstances.  For those who believe that God is dead, He must be removed and government becomes the “savior of society.” When you buy into this philosophy, there is no basis for justice and morality and governmental leaders eventually create laws that benefit themselves and increase their own power. 

The good news is that God is not dead.  He is still sovereign and in control of all things.  He is very much involved in our lives today and wants to use what is going on in our country to drive us to a deeper dependence on Him.  In spite of what is going on with regard to the leadership in our country, God has given us very clear instruction regarding our responsibility to government.  This can be summarized in the following two passages in Scripture:

  1. Romans 13:1-7 – God tells us to respect and honor our governmental leaders.  This is best demonstrated through the concept of submission.  We are to be subject to the governing authorities, whether we like them or not, think they are good or bad, or agree with all of their decisions.
  2. 1 Timothy 2:1-3 – We are to continually pray for our governmental leaders.  We are to recognize they are God’s chosen instruments and pray that they come to a knowledge of truth, they are humble and govern without selfish ambition, they make decisions that will enable us to live in peace and harmony and that they ultimately come to know Jesus, the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

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