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"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord..."

- Psalm 33:12

 

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked rule, the people mourn." - Proverbs 29:2



Facts from Scripture

 

 



Godly Government
A call to Christians for involvement!
 


Soon after God created man, He informed humans of their purpose for living. They were to have dominion over all other aspects of creation -“…”Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and rule over…the earth.” Genesis 1:28


Man eventually tested the authority of his Creator bringing sin forever in to the hearts and minds of mankind. This established the need for the institution of government - “The authorities are established by God for that very purpose, to punish those who do wrong.” Romans 13:4 He goes on to

say - “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities; For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil;…for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil.” Romans 13:1,3,4 This is the fundamental purpose of godly government.

   

However, God places ALL leaders and governments in place. They serve at His will, whether they are godly or ungodly, good or evil. They serve His divine purposes which are well beyond the comprehension of mere man -“Praise of the name of God for ever and ever, for he alone has all wisdom and power. He determines the course of world events; he removes kings and sets others on the throne.” Daniel 2:20-21


God commands us to be good citizens of the government that he establishes for us -“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution,
whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.” 1 Peter
2:13-14
We are given responsibilities as citizens - “You must obey the government for two reasons: to keep from being punished and to keep a clear conscience. Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons.” Romans 13:5-6


Yet, we are not to be pawns for ungodly government. We are given a simple formula for living successfully in our Constitutional Republic.


“…if you will fear the Lord and serve Him and obey his voice, and will not rebel against His way, both you and (your government) who reigns over

you will certainly be God’s followers.” 1 Samuel 12:14 


That formula requires our active participation -“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1. “Standing firm,” in a government such as ours would include all forms of civic and political activity necessary to insure our future as a free and God-fearing people. Those who appreciate freedom would be wise to note the source for all freedom -“Where the Spirit

of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

Good government is the will of God, 1Timothy 2:2 (roughly translated). Christians have the right and indeed the responsibility to be active

participants in our process of government. God instructs us to keep our eyes on the ultimate goal along with a warning, if we stray - “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”


Proverbs 29:18 He tells us there are reasons for giving God a proper place in our government -“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord

and the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.” Psalms 33:12 He also commands us to maintain a healthy personal relationship with Him and with our fellow citizens -“Righteousness exalts a nation.” Proverbs 14:34


We are given insight as to the results of ungodly leadership – “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 29:2 This coupled with the command to, “stand firm” is indeed the Christians call to action!

Finally, God brings all government into perspective and reminds governments of their proper place by telling us -“For the Lord is our judge (Supreme Court), the Lord is our lawgiver (Legislature/Congress) the Lord is our King (Chief Executive); He will save us.” Isaiah 33:22 Then, reinforces that by saying, “The Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind; your kingdom will be assured to you after you recognize it is Heaven who rules.” Daniel 4:17, 26


Soon after God created man, He informed humans of their purpose for living.  They were to have dominion over all other aspects of creation -“…”Be fruitful and
multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and rule over…the earth.” Genesis 1:28

 

Man eventually tested the authority of his Creator bringing sin forever in to the hearts and minds of mankind.  This established the need for the institution of government - “The authorities are established by God for that very purpose, to punish those who do wrong.” Romans 13:4  He goes on to say - “Let every person
be in subjection to the governing authorities; For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil;…for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil.” Romans 13:1,3,4 
This is the fundamental purpose of godly government.


However, God
places ALL leaders and governments in place. 
They serve at His will, whether they are godly or ungodly, good or
evil.  They serve His divine purposes
which are well beyond the comprehension of mere man
-“Praise of the name
of God for ever and ever, for he alone has all wisdom and power.  He determines the course of world events; he
removes kings and sets others on the throne.” Daniel
2:20-21


God commands us
to be good citizens
of the
government that he establishes for us -“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to
every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to
governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those
who do right.” 1 Peter 2:13-14
 
We are given responsibilities as citizens - “You must obey the
government for two reasons: to keep from being punished and to keep a clear
conscience.  Pay your taxes, too, for
these same reasons.” Romans
13:5-6


Yet, we are not to be pawns for ungodly
government.  We are given a


simple formula for living successfully
in our Constitutional Republic. 


“…if you will fear the Lord
and serve Him and obey his voice, and


will not rebel against His
way, both you and (your government) who reigns


over you will certainly be God’s
followers.” 1 Samuel 12:14
  That formula


requires our active
participation
-“It was for freedom
that Christ set us


free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject
again to a yoke


of slavery. Galatians 5:1.  “Standing firm,” in a government such as
ours


would include all forms of civic and
political activity necessary to insure


our future as a free and God-fearing
people.  Those who appreciate


freedom would be wise to note the source
for all freedom -“Where the
Spirit


of the Lord is, there is
liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17


 


 


Good government is the will of
God
, 1Timothy 2:2 (roughly translated). Christians


have the right and indeed the
responsibility to be active participants
in our


process of government.  God instructs us to keep our eyes on the
ultimate goal


along with a warning, if we stray - “Where there is no
vision, the people perish…”


Proverbs 29:18  He tells us there are reasons for giving God a proper
place in


our government -“Blessed is the
nation whose God is the Lord and the people


whom he has chosen for his own
inheritance.” Psalms 33:12
  He also commands


us to maintain a healthy personal
relationship with Him and with our fellow


citizens  -“Righteousness exalts a nation.” Proverbs
14:34


 


We are given insight as to the results
of ungodly leadership – “When the righteous are in authority, the
people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”  Proverbs
29:2
  This coupled with the command to, “stand
firm” is indeed the Christians call to
action!


 


Finally, God brings all government
into perspective
and reminds governments


of their proper place by telling us
-“For the Lord
is our judge (Supreme Court),


the Lord is our lawgiver
(Legislature/Congress) the Lord is our King


(Chief Executive); He will save us.”
Isaiah 33:22
 
Then, reinforces that by
saying,


“The Most High is ruler
over the realm of mankind; your kingdom will be


assured to you after you recognize it is
Heaven who rules.” Daniel 4:17, 26




God's Warning to the Nation
Why Christians MUST be involved!



God’s Political
Plan
How
Repentance and Revival can repair and protect
our nation.




God's Political
Promises
Knowing how God feels about political
topics.




Godly
Leadership

Statesman
or Politician? What's the difference?



God’s Behavioral Instructions
Christian rights and responsibilites in
public life.




Godly Love for Neighbors
Christ's
Great Commandment for political activity!


Godly Tools and Godly Weapons

Christ has provided the resources -
already!



God Warns of Christian
Persecution
How we should view
this fact?