The best understanding of why it is important for God’s people to be involved with government and civil duty is in that, if we do not elect those who believe in and fear God, as the Bible tells us to be careful in selecting our rulers, then we will be ruled by those who do not even recognize God in their own lives much less what is right and wrong or good and evil in the lives of others. We now see, because of the non involvement from the Christian Community, our society has grown immoral at a rapid rate and God has been grossly forgotten in our society today. We need God’s people to vote the values that God has bestowed upon us to vote from His principles that are embedded in the hearts of believers and written in His Word.
We know that from creation man was sinful having the freedom to choose right from wrong. Since human nature kicked in and evil entered our world through fallen man; God knew that for those of us who followed Him, we would need a system to contain the evil that would try to beset us. Therefore, after the old world was destroyed in the flood, God set up a civil government to rule over the ungodly man. He began setting up civil governments to rule the people in Genesis when he commissioned Noah to rule in chapter 9 beginning in verse 1 where the order of the government was established with man ruling over all other beast on the earth. In the New Testament, remember Jesus said in Matthew 5:17 that He did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it. He knew that we would need continued protections from the ungodly that chose not to do that which is right and moral in the civil arena. As 1 Timothy 1:8-10 confirms civil law, 8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.
So from an Old Testament perspective God has instructed His chosen leaders in the ways of civil government to make way for His chosen people. Looking to Genesis chapter 37-50 at the story of Joseph, Jacob’s (Israel) son whom suffered much from family, friend, and foe to accomplish God’s mission by way of being put through the fire to expedite him to great leadership being the second in command under Pharaoh over all of Egypt. Thirteen years wrongly imprisoned for no crime in which Joseph had committed ; he spent all those years in training and learning the ways of the Egyptian people in order to come to the place where God needed him in civil leadership that allowed for the saving of God’s people. In Genesis 42:6 And Joseph was the governor over the land. Had it not been for Joseph, son of Jacob, being in command during the greatest famine of the earth, God’s people may have perished. And then when God wanted to lead His people out of Egypt Moses was appointed to serve the people. Moses took on the job of leader but soon realized he alone could not govern that many people at one time. In fact in Exodus 18:17-21 Moses father-in-law warns him that he alone cannot rule the people, it’s just too much for one person to bear. He offers him Godly counsel here in this passage and shares with him the way in which he can accommodate the Lord’s order to instruct the people in His commandments. Finally when Moses is wearing weary in Deuteronomy 1:12-18, Moses complaining to the Lord, that he could not bear the burden any longer, of the entire people alone, he set out to appoint rulers over cities and states such as governors, captains, magistrates; some set over 50, some over 100’s, some over 1000’s, and so on. As Matthew Henry noted in his commentary regarding this passage of scripture; Moses developed a criteria for them to use to select those who were to rule over them. He says that they are to continue so long as they approved themselves faithful. He tells them to, Duet. 1:13”Take you wise men, that are known to be so among your tribes, and I will make them rulers.” Purely by the qualifications of wisdom, experience, and integrity; “Choose those,” says Moses, “whose praise is in your tribes, and with all my heart I will make them rulers.” We must not grudge that God’s work be done by other hands than ours, provided it be done by good hands.
When you look at all the kings who ruled in the Old Testament you see that each of them depended on the Holy men of God to advise them in what to do for the people; you cannot deny that God’s people have always been involved in the civil arenas of the politics of the day. So, here we find that men of God were serving in the civil arena to good and bad kings. Look at the six books of the Bible dealing with kings running the government of the land: 1, 2 Samuel, 1,2 Kings, 1,2 Chronicles; you have Saul relying on the minister Samuel, David relying on ministers Nathan and Gad, Ahab and Jezebel wouldn’t go out to war without consulting with the minister first, and then Josephat always called upon ministers before he acted. These are just a few of the examples where men of God were involved in Civil Duty. And we are just getting started. This is just in the first fourteen books of the Bible. The Bible has sixty-six books for which God was always involved being the sovereign ruling authority over man.
Why were so many needed to rule with God’s chosen people? Well, as David Barton from Wallbuilders reported there were six hundred and thirteen laws/ordinances for the people to follow regarding everything from agriculture, immigration, marriage, military, economics, taxes, environment, and even healthcare; before the tenor of all of them came. In Exodus 34:27,28 God visits Moses and says “And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.” So God gives Moses His top ten list during the forty days and nights he spent with God on top of Mt. Sinai; aka the Ten Commandments. The Mosaic Law was set to rule/govern the people under the law without the dispensation of Jesus’ grace and mercy. Now let’s fast forward to the New Testament and explore, how as Jesus noted, He did not come to do away with the law but to fulfill it; civil government was needed even more to govern the unrighteous people, who again, needed a rule of thumb to follow since they chose not to follow God’s plan.
As we begin in the New Testament depicting the established government God had ordained to rule the unjust and wicked nature of man; who do you think would be God’s first pick to rule the people? Surely not men like king Herod, Cesar, or the other evil men who had fallen from God’s grace and refused to obey His commandments. Let us not forget that in the prophecy of Jesus birth in Isaiah 9:6 , “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” It was through Jesus that all sovereign power was given Matthew 28:18. Remember, the nature of our Great God is that of choice. He never meant for men to be ruled by a monarchy, imperialistic, or communist style of government, for that would go against His very purpose for creating man to commune with Him freely. But, and that is a big but, since man lives a life that is a two-edged sword giving man the choice to choose good or evil, it was a necessity to keep His hand in all forms of rule, being that He and He alone is King of kings and Lord of lords. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. God said that we must choose those who rule, wisely, or we will be ruled by evil (Proverbs 29:2 2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.) So, if we are not involved in selecting Godly men to rule, then those that rule, rule not for God but for man. Think about it; Congress doesn’t represent the people; they represent the people that show up at the polls and vote them in.
In Luke chapter 11 Jesus is calling out all those that were a hindrance to society. In verse forty-six he really gives the lawyers a hard way to go and tells them that not only are they a part of the problem they are preventing a solution. From the way Jesus said it, one would think that He was talking to today’s Congress in that he say’s 46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.” So here we see the lawyers/scribes/legislators of their day executing the law, inflicting laws/ordinances on the people that they themselves did not have to abide by. Jesus goes on to say in verse 52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. If the government tells us to break God’s direct commands we should obey God rather than man, especially when it concerns the preaching of Jesus Christ (Acts 5:29). In the same since Jesus said in Matthew 22:21 “They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith He unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; AND unto God the things that are God’s.” Jesus didn’t say one or the other, He talked about both. We are to be involved in both; it is our way of life and the way in which we are to be the salt to the earth. If we are not involved, we cannot fulfill our duty to God and country. And in I Peter 2:13-17, Apostle Peter tells us to submit to our form of government. So, do any of these contradict one another? No. They do not. Our founders provided us with a government that aligns with God’s Word and gives us measures to limit government by being involved with how We The People are to be ruled. You must remember that we cannot take one scripture and base anything entirely upon just that one scripture. God’s Word doesn’t work that way. He tells us over and over again to search the scriptures and prove ourselves worthy of the knowledge and grace He has provided. Plus, again, with the very nature of God who gives us wisdom as we study all of His Word from Genesis to Revelations; we can clearly see that when He says something He will say it again and show us more than one thing to relate to another as the Word of God is infallible. In 2 Timothy 3:16 it says that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God.
Proverbs 14:34 34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. So how do you figure we can bring America back to the basics that our founders began our Christian Nation? By electing ungodly people? No, we must be careful in selecting God fearing men to the 2014 and 2016 elections, if this nation is to have any hope of survival. In Luke 12:51, 52 Jesus said, “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on Earth? I tell you not at all, but rather division.” Why would Jesus say that? Because he was weeding out the good from the bad, He caused us to have to make a choice. Those that would follow His commandments from those who would not; He knew that for those that would, it would be better not to have unity in the church, so to have those who would obey His Biblical commandments and work His Will so that all might be saved. When you start holding up standards of truth, not everybody is going to follow along. Your purpose is not to make everybody happy like man does. Your purpose should be to declare the word of God.
The Bible changed the way we do government. Our founders knew this and they followed the path, God’s will, to the best of their ability. Of course none of them were perfect as none of us are either; let him who is without sin cast the first stone. They were much like many of the men in the Old and New Testament of the Bible; men that God chose to do what He wanted them to do for His purpose. While they had their faults, just like we do, they were willing to serve. The problem is that many of the untold stories and rich American History showing how God’s Word is intermingled with everything about our founding has not been told in truth or has been suppressed and rejected by those who want to follow their own way of sin for the past fifty to one hundred years . Did you know that twenty-nine out of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence held seminary degrees? Yes, they were ministers of God. They were the ministers of the law and God’s commandments just like the ones mentioned in Romans chapter 1 and many other scriptures as shared in this article.
When I interviewed Dr. Herb Titus, Constitutional Scholar and author of, God, Man and Law: The Biblical Principle on my radio show (click here for free podcast of interview) he explained that in order to understand the civil law of today we must first understand the “Common Law” which came right out of the Bible. It is first things first, Laws of Nature and Natures God as in the preamble of the Declaration of Independence. Dr. Titus also shared that the foundation of Liberty was based on Christian Principals our founders implemented into our governing documents as in the “Perfect law of liberty” as it says in the book of James chapter two. In the book of Ecclesiastes 7:13 it says no man can make straight what God has made crooked. If God says something is to be one way, man cannot come along and change it. In fact in Psalms chapter two, the Lord sitting on His throne laughs at man who thinks they can rise above God. Our founders held this in their heart and gave their lives for it. They didn’t try and change it; they magnified it. The problem is that our society has come so far from God and His Word that we as a people cannot recognize it. And even worse, many are not willing to defend it as did our framers. Just look at some, examples where our laws came from
David Barton, in his series Building on the American Heritage shares that this very “Common Law” is written in our seventh amendment and comes from the book of Revelations.
James 2:12, Law of Liberty If we have a right to self-governing government, we have a duty to be self-governing citizens, D. Barton
1Timothy, 1:8-10, You have a right to have government, you have a duty to have restrained government. The purpose of law is to regulate ungodly.
Jesus dealt with politics in Matthew 20 as He dealt with the invalidity of contracts between employer and employees (labor relations). In Luke 19 He dealt with no fault divorce. (These are just a few of the issues that Jesus specifically called out the policies of Herod and Cesar.)
Mr. Barton said, “There is a direct correlation between Christian participation and the outcome of elections. In 2000 1 out of 4 voted which was a 27% drop. 2002 there was a 40% drop. Existing polling 41% voted for abortion. In 2010 97 elected to Congress, 81 was pro life. 16 were elected to senate,13 were prolife.”
So, if Christians are involved as the Word tells us to be; we have more chance of living in freedom of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our founders provided the most successful government ever known to mankind here in these United States that has lasted longer than any other free society. The problem is that we have not guarded nor remembered what they did from the time of the Mayflower Compact through when the last of them left this earth. Today’s progressives and leftist have many so focused on two of the founders who made a few major mistakes that they never venture to learn about all of the others and the greatness of their sacrifices so that we might be free. They left behind everything we needed as they were inspired by God to craft the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights . In the speeches, letters, legislation, the Federalist Papers, and so much more that America does not teach our generations. We have all that we need to live prosperous, free, and most importantly; One Nation under God.
I implore everyone who reads this article; please come together as the body of Christ should and get involved before we lose everything our founders built for us and God intended for our way of life, living in His will. Read these important documents. Study the Bible. Vote God’s principles so that He will heal our land.
There are numerous free resources for you to get what the public square is not willing to teach anymore.
As Andrew Jackson said, “ The Bible is the rock on which our republic rest”.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
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