What Did Jesus Teach about Politics?
Part of the What Did Jesus Teach? series, this essay explores the teachings of Jesus.
Think about Your Brothers and Sisters
When I consider the question of how the teachings of Jesus fit into our current political climate, I realize that readers are likely to begin thinking about issues such as abortion, immigration, racism, social justice, and any number of other current issues as soon as they finish reading the chapter on the teachings of Jesus. That is a commendable inclination. If we are serious about Christ’s lordship in our lives, we should endeavor to apply that lordship to our engagement in politics as well.
When it comes to acting in a responsible and loving manner in the context of both their vertical connection with God and their horizontal relationships with other image bearers, they should surely be thinking about it.
Simply stating things in this manner encourages us to begin thinking clearly.
How We View Government
The first point has to do with our perceptions of the federal government. One particular occurrence in Christ’s life prompts us to take a more close look at the issue. When Jesus was confronted with a hostile audience in Mark 12:13-17, he was ready to trip him up with a question that would expose him to derision. Would he be willing to pay taxes to Caesar in his capacity as a teacher of everything that is “true”? He asked for a coin and took a moment to consider what was imprinted on it. “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s,” he said after seeing the image of Caesar.
The message of Jesus, on the other hand, might be accomplished simply by directing followers to “render unto Caesar.” He takes it a step further.
It has a legitimate task and a responsibility that it should carry out.
The concept and actuality of a Caesar are both big and mighty, but as soon as we place God in the same category as this earthly ruler, Caesar’s height is immediately and profoundly reduced.
During this time, earthly kingdoms will fall and sculptures will deteriorate. Their true significance lies in the fact that they mirror (often in a negative way) God’s higher reign. In the words of Jesus, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God.”
Hunter Baker, an award-winning lecturer, has developed this guide to the main concerns inherent in politics, which will assist students in gaining a firm knowledge of fundamental political ideas. However, there is a legitimate zone of action that belongs to the government, and it is not coextensive with the larger area that is governed by God. There should never be a misunderstanding between the government and the authority that underpins all authorities. As soon as governments go above and beyond tolerating immorality and begin to glorify it, they begin to cut away at the foundations of their own thrones.
Student’s Guide to the Essential Issues in Politics is developed by award-winning professor Hunter Baker to assist students in developing solid foundations in basic political thought and comprehension. Certainly, the government has a legitimate area of operation, but it is not coextensive with God’s overall reign over all of existence. There should never be a misunderstanding between the government and the authority that oversees all other authorities. They chop away at the legs of their own thrones when governments go beyond simply tolerating wickedness and begin to celebrate it.
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What the Bible really says about government
A recent incident with Attorney General Jeff Sessions citing the Bible to support his policy of separating migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border elicited widespread outrage on the internet. President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy was defended by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “I would point you to the Apostle Paul and his plain and sensible instruction in Romans 13, to respect the rules of the government because God has ordered them for the sake of order,” Sessions said.
Consistent and fair implementation of the law is a good and moral thing in and of itself, and it protects the vulnerable while also protecting those who follow the law.” Part of the paragraph in question, which is found in Chapter 13 of the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Romans, is as follows: “Every individual should submit to the governing authorities, since there is no authority apart from God, and the authorities that do exist were established by God himself.
As a result, everyone who opposes authority is opposing what God has assigned, and those who oppose will be subject to judgment.” According to some individuals, especially secularists who are unfamiliar with the Bible, this verse implies that Christians should just obey any government, no matter how heinous their actions are.
They’re both completely wrong.
The Bible is a difficult text to understand and comprehend.
It is unknown what the Bible says, but it is also unclear what Plato says in his Dialogues, what Shakespeare says in his plays, and what the United States Constitution says.
As a result, the Bible appears to suggest that Jesus was a human being like anyone else at times, and at other times, that he was divine; at times, it appears to suggest that there is only one God, and at other times, it appears to suggest that there is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit at various times.
- “Both,” says Christianity in response.
- Some people were allergic to what they saw to be its message (“Bow to the State!”).
- Romans 13 makes sense in the context of the rest of the Bible, as does everything else in this world.
- After all, it was Rome that assassinated Jesus.
- So much for praising the government.
- Paul’s purpose in writing Romans 13 is to express primarily two points: First and first, just because the Roman Empire, and indeed most governments, were terrible, does not imply that all governance, in general, is equally horrible in concept.
The first point, such as Jesus’ famous line about giving back to Caesar, is important, and not just because progressives who would like to strike it out because of its historical association with all sorts of government wrongdoing should remember that it is also the justification for all of the government programs they support and support strongly.
- Once again, you must understand the background of the Roman Empire: Rome’s rule was not only absolute, but it was also literally divine in nature.
- As a result, Romans 13 puts the government back in its proper place: Yes, God desires that governments exist because else we would be plunged into disorder, but governments are not divine in nature.
- In addition, the second argument — to oppose without breaking the law — is significant because it indicates that Paul was pioneering something that had never been done before: nonviolent opposition to an oppressive government.
- Following in the footsteps of Jesus, Paul and the other early leaders of the Church established a manner of dealing with public power that would serve as a model for future successful nonviolent resistance movements, such as Gandhi’s and Martin Luther King Jr.’s.
- Yes and no, to be honest.
- This is crucial because far too many Christians quote the Bible’s numerous texts enjoining “friendliness to strangers” as if they were Biblical justification for maintaining an open-door policy.
What’s more, Romans 13 teaches that civil officials have a responsibility to faithfully administer the law, and as attorney general, Sessions’ job description does not include putting into effect what he believes to be good policy, but rather putting into effect what is actually written into the law.
- Migrant families are being separated for reasons that go beyond the application of the law.
- Because, after all, there is no explicit legislation that mandates the separation of children from their families.
- Sessions does not appear to have taken it into consideration, much to Trump’s occasional displeasure.
- In order to defend his actions on the basis of the Bible, he should defend them on their own merits rather than hiding behind Romans 13.
For more than two decades, America’s immigration policy has been characterized by having one set of written laws and another set of unwritten laws, making a mockery of the rule of law and contributing significantly to the delegitimization of the political process, which has aided the rise of populist demagogues such as Donald Trump.
As a result, there is a lesson here for both conservatives and progressives: just as conservatives must grapple with the plainly clear Biblical verses about sympathy for the stranger, progressives must grapple with the plainly clear Biblical verses about the necessity of sound government and the rule of law.
What does the Bible say about government?
QuestionAnswer The Bible expresses itself quite clearly about the relationship between believers and the government of the day. We are expected to follow the rules of the government, and the government is expected to treat us justly and equitably. In the event that the government fails to fulfill its responsibilities, we must continue to fulfill ours. Finally, when the government asks us to do anything that is directly in opposition to God’s Word, we are to defy the government with full trust and confidence in the Lord’s ability to shield us from the consequences.
- We must keep in mind that God created the authorities who rule over us in the same way that He created us.
- God has placed in place the authorities that are now in place.
- “Submit yourself for the sake of the Lord to every authority established among men: whether to the king, who is the highest authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do evil and to laud those who do good,” Peter wrote (1 Peter 2:13-14).
- The instructions to government “masters” are equally clear and numerous (Ephesians 6:5-8; Colossians 3:22-25; 1 Timothy 6:1-2; 1 Peter 2:18-20; Titus 2:9-11).
- They gathered around Jesus, who replied, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord power over them and that their high officials exert dominion over them.'” That is not the case with you.
- The purpose of a government or authority is to serve the people who are ruled.
- Even if that occurs, we must continue to live in conformity to the law.
Both Jesus and Paul utilized the subject of taxation to illustrate their points.
When Jesus was questioned about this predicament, he seized a coin and said, “Whose portrait is this?” And who is the author of the inscription?’ They responded with ‘Caesar’s.’ ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and give to God what is God’s,’ he remarked to them at that point.
Because Paul lectured them on the subject, it appears that the Christians in Rome were still asking the same issue at that time.
When it comes to our relationship with the government, Daniel is a character from the Old Testament whom we should emulate.
Daniel rose through the ranks of this pagan and unbelieving regime to the greatest levels of power.
When Daniel urged that the wise men not be beheaded for failing to interpret the king’s dream, he demonstrated his loyalty to the monarch as a genuine servant.
The three companions of Daniel, who refused to bow down to the idol constructed by King Nebuchadnezzar while Daniel was in the royal court were put to death in the furnace while Daniel was present (Daniel 3:12-15).
Their response was not to defend themselves, but to tell the king that their God would save them, and that even if He did not, they would still refuse to worship or serve any of Nebuchadnezzar’s deities (Daniel 3:16-18).
This time, Daniel found himself in a similar situation when the governors and satraps conned the king into signing a decree that stated, “.that whomever begs any god or man for thirty days save you, O king, will be tossed into the den of lions” (Daniel 6:7).
“Now that Daniel had learned that the writing had been signed, he returned home.
Daniel was entirely devoted to any ruler who was placed in authority over him until that ruler instructed Daniel to defy the will of the Lord.
When faced with a decision between the world and God at that point, Daniel chose the latter. As should each and every one of us. Return to the page with the most recent Bible questions. Is there anything in the Bible that speaks to government?
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What Does the Bible Say about the Role of Government?
If you’re a political junkie, you’ll find this week to be a very interesting time to observe the arguments in and around Congress. Democrats and Republicans are at loggerheads with one other (and with other members of their respective parties) over a planned law that, among other things, contains an issue over immigration policy. Each member of Congress has a particular set of spending priorities, which are determined by his or her political philosophy, the geographic area in which they live, and, in many cases, their concerns about re-election.
What exactly should the federal government be spending its money on?
For advice on this subject, we may turn to the Bible, which is written specifically for Christians.
Today, we’ll look at what the Bible has to say about what the government should be doing.
Punishing Evil, Promoting Good
As stated in Romans 13:4, the government is tasked with punishing those who do wrong. A “minister of God, an avenger who brings vengeance on the one who acts wickedness,” as the phrase goes. When it comes to revenge, the Bible says that believers should “never.pay back evil for evil,” and they should “never take their own retribution.” It’s not that God is directing us to forget or disregard injustice; quite the contrary. God will exact retribution at some point in the future, and the government is one of his instruments for doing so.
- To fulfill this duty, the government must penalize bad behavior while while protecting those engaged in legitimate pursuits.
- When the government directly offers anything to its residents, such as healthcare, food stamps, or low-interest student loans, the government is said to be playing a “positive” role.
- This acknowledgement might be in the form of particular recognition for people who are performing in exemplary ways, or it could simply be an official or informal commendation for being a good citizen.
- Furthermore, 1 Peter 2:13-14 states, “Submit yourself for the sake of the Lord to every human institution,” including kings and authorities, as well as governors appointed by the Lord to punish evildoers and reward those who do good works.
It should be noted once more that this explanation of the government’s function places a strong emphasis on the rule of law and the punishment of evil. In addition, the government should offer credit to those who do the right thing rather than doing the right thing itself.
Giving to Caesar What Is Caesar’s
Jesus rejected the political road as a means of establishing his future kingdom, and we should do the same. His “kingdom is not of this world,” he said emphatically. Caesar’s role in this world was accepted as well, and he commanded his disciples to “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s,” while maintaining his belief in God’s supreme power over the cosmos (Matt. 22:20-22). Tim Keller speaks on the function of government in this verse in his sermon “Arguing about Politics,” which may be seen here: There has never been a theory of limited government that predates this one in the history of mankind.
That is, you may give Caesar some of what he wants, which is his money, but you cannot give Caesar what he ultimately wants, which is to entirely embrace his system of compulsion, his system of injustice, his system of exclusion.but we are unable to provide him with what he ultimately wants.
Another text to consider is 1 Timothy 2:1-2, which reads: I implore you to make prayers.for kings and all those in positions of power, so that they may live a peaceful and quiet life, full of piety and dignity, as I have done.
A Biblical Case for Limited Government, a study report published by the International Federation of Women’s Education (IFWE), states that this verse asks for prayers to “maintain stable social order in which individuals can live contentedly and quietly without fear of damage.” The texts quoted above are significant because they reveal the New Testament’s stance on secular government.
- The majority of people today, on the other hand, live in communities that are more like to the heathen countries described in Amos 1 and 2 than to Israel.
- He points out that When thesenations and rulers violate people’s negative rights, the prophet chastises them, for example, for forcing a populace to flee, torturing and murdering pregnant women, theft, forced servitude, and murder.
- Typical of prophets and their knowledge of the obligations of heathen kings and countries, this passage is a good example.
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Bible Verses about Government
1. Everyone should submit to the ruling authorities, for there is no authority other than that which God has established. The authorities that exist were established by God.2 As a result, anyone who rebels against the authorities is rebelling against what God has established, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.3For rulers are not afraid of those who do what is right, but they are terrified of those who do wrong. Do you wish to be free of the fear of those in positions of power in your life?
However, if you make a mistake, be fearful, since rulers do not wield the sword without a purpose.
What does the Bible say about government?
Sometimes our identities become entangled with an election—with something that is about to happen, or has already happened, in the world of politics. In contrast, if we recognize that above all else, who we are is defined by our identity in Christ, we can be certain that no matter whose side we take in the political fights that are currently raging, our identities in him remain constant. Above all else, I’m not a Republican, Democrat, or Independent in the traditional sense. Above all things, I am not a member of any race, whether it white, black, Asian, or Hispanic.
Above all, who I am is defined by my identity in Christ.
That is virtually unheard of in many parts of the world; instead, a change in leadership can result in bloodshed, conflict, or worse in certain cases.
Important passages about governing authorities
As followers of Christ, we understand that our future security is based on God’s sovereignty rather than on the rule of men. This notion comes straight from the pages of Scripture, and it holds true regardless of political orientation. God is in control, according to Scripture, and we may put our confidence in him. On top of that, we are instructed to pray for, submit to, and obey our ruling authorities, according to the Scriptures. In Romans 13:1-7, the apostle Paul states that “every individual is to be subject to the ruling authority.” Because there is no authority other than that of God, and those that do exist were established by Him.
- Because rulers are not a source of terror for good conduct, but rather for bad behavior.
- Do what is right, and you will receive praise from those who are right; after all, it is a minister of God to you for your benefit.
- As a result, it is vital to be under submission, not only for the purpose of wrath, but also for the sake of one’s conscience.
- Give to everyone what is due them: tax to those who owe it, custom to those who owe it, terror to those who deserve it, and respect to those who deserve it.
- In this passage, Paul refers to governing authority as ministers of God, who have been appointed by God for our benefit.
- Here’s what Peter had to say about it: For the sake of the Lord, submit yourself to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in power or to governors as those appointed by him for the punishment of evildoers and the acclaim of those who do what is right.
- Act as free men, and do not use your freedom to cover up wicked deeds, but rather use it to serve God as his bondslaves.
Respect all individuals, cherish the brotherhood, revere God, and revere the ruler. Scripture teaches that we are to pray for, respect, and submit to governmental authorities, while also engaging in the political process in a way that allows us to influence people for Christ.
Why we can be encouraged by Scripture’s teaching on government
The same answer I hear over and again from Jesus’ disciples when I explain this commandment is: “But Pastor, Paul, and Peter had no idea what our country was going to be like today!” I want us to keep a few things in mind before we succumb to that logic and dismiss God’s written word as being out of date.
- The apostles Paul and Peter penned these verses with the help of the Holy Spirit of God, who inspired them. He exists outside of the confines of time and can see into the future with the same clarity that he sees into the past. To claim that something in the Bible is irrelevant to us now because God may not have fully comprehended how things would develop in the future is to disrespect God’s eternality and omniscience
- The government in place at the time was far worse than ours today
- And The government that Paul and Peter were writing about in their writings is like to a cupcake compared to our own. Slavery was permitted and supported by their administration. In reality, there were 10 million slaves in the Roman empire, accounting for almost one-third of the total population of the Roman Empire. And it’s for this reason that Peter wrote “Act like free men” at the end of his letter. Many of the persons to whom he was writing were not free
- During Peter and Paul’s time, government authority was concentrated in the hands of absolute rulers, who were sometimes just one person. Let’s not forget about this: Paul and Peter were writing to people who were living under the reign of monarchs who saw themselves as gods in their own right. In certain cases, they required that the people under their control venerate them as if they were gods. Not only that, but the leaders of Paul and Peter’s administration permitted the extortion of their constituents through the use of taxes. In accordance with Roman law, tax collectors were permitted to prey on residents by demanding up to six times the amount of tax owing to the government—for their own personal gain
- The government of Paul and Peter’s day targeted minorities, and did so zealously. The most severe forms of persecution were directed at a group of people known as Christians. It was not commonplace for the authorities to encase them in wax, after which they were put on a stake and burned at night to provide illumination for the emperor’s gardens. Some were crucified, while others were put to wild creatures as a form of punishment. So, before we read these passages and conclude that “God simply didn’t realize how horrible things were going to get for us,” I invite you to consider the context in which these statements were originally presented. Some of the people who heard these verses had to sneak their way into the church service in order to hear them because they were afraid of being killed by their government because of their religious beliefs.
Distinguishing the best way for us to follow Jesus in these troubled times can be challenging. It was long ago that God foretold that we would be living in a sinful world where the enemy would be on the lookout for opportunities to tempt us. Knowing that who we are in Christ is who we are in ourselves, on the other hand, provides us with a solid foundation on which we may stand quietly, happily, cheerfully, and with confidence in our identity. We are certain that God is in control, and we can put our confidence in him, regardless of who is in power for the time being.
10 Things to Know about What the Bible Teaches on God and Human Government
The following is an excerpt from J. Budziszewski’s Evangelicals in the Public Square: Four Formative Voices on Political Thought and Action (Evangelicals in the Public Square: Four Formative Voices on Political Thought and Action) (Baker Academic, 2006).
1. God is the true sovereign.
Psalm 22:28 (KJV) For the kingdom belongs to theLORD, and he is the one who governs over all of the nations.
God ordained all human government for the good of man.
Romans 13:1–4, verses 3–4 Allow everyone to be subject to the laws and regulations of the state. For there is no authority other than that of God, and those that do exist were established by God. Because rulers are not a threat to good behavior, but rather to evil. Would you be completely unafraid of those in positions of authority? Do what is right, and you will gain his approval, for he is God’s servant working for your benefit. In the event that something goes wrong, be terrified, since he does not wield the blade in vain.
. whom God made in his image.
Genesis 1:27 is a verse that describes the creation of the world. As a result, God made man in his own image, in the image of God, and he created both males and females in his image.
2. Although God originally chose only one nation, he desires ultimately to draw all nations into the light of his Word.
Isaiah 49:6 (KJV) You are too insignificant to be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the remnants of Israel; I will make you a light for the nations, so that my salvation may spread to the farthest reaches of the world.” 10:12 (Romans 10:12) Because there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; because the same Lord is Lord of all, pouring his treasures on all who call upon him, there is no division between them.
Revelation 21:23–24 is a passage of scripture. And the city does not require the light of the sun or the moon to illuminate it, for the glory of God illuminates it, and the Lamb is its lamp.
3. God disciplines the nations according to their deeds.
Jeremiah 18:7–10 (Jeremiah 18:7–10) If I ever announce about a nation or a kingdom that I will pull it up, tear it down, and destroy it, and if that nation, about which I have spoken, repents of its iniquity, I will refrain from bringing about the calamity that I had planned for it. Moreover, if I announce concerning a country or a kingdom that I will construct and plant it, and if that nation or kingdom practices wrong in my eyes, refusing to listen to my voice, then I will relinquish the good that I had meant to perform to that nation or kingdom.
They have no boundaries when it comes to wicked activities; they do not assess the cause of the fatherless with fairness in order to see that it prospers, and they do not protect the rights of the poor.
29 Do you think I shouldn’t punish them for what they’ve done? declares the Lord, “and shall I not avenge myself on a country like this?” says the Lord.
4. God disciplines the rulers of nations.
Daniel 2:20–21 (NASB) ‘Blessed be the name of the Lord forever and ever, to whom belongs wisdom and might,’ Daniel responded. ‘He changes the time of year and the seasons; he takes away kings and places them in their places; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.’ Jeremiah 25:12 is a biblical verse. Then, after seventy years have passed, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their sin, declares theLord, by destroying the land and making it an everlasting waste, as punishment for their sin.
5. In general, disobedience to human government is disobedience to God; indeed, government deserves not only obedience but honor.
1–2 Corinthians 13:1–7 Allow everyone to be subject to the laws and regulations of the state. Because there is no authority apart from God, and the authorities that do exist were established by God himself. Whoever challenges the authorities is challenging what God has ordained, and those who challenge will face the consequences of their actions. Pay everyone what they are owed: taxes to those who owe them, revenue to those who owe them, respect to those who owe respect, and honor to those who owe honor.
6. But there are exceptions: Any governmental edict that contradicts the commands of God must be disobeyed.
5:29 (Acts 5:29) “Rather than obeying mankind, we must obey God,” Peter and the apostles said in response. Daniel 3:18 is a biblical passage that teaches that God is a kind and forgiving God. ‘However, if such is not the case, please know that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have erected,’ we say. Exodus 1:17–20, and 21–22 However, the midwives feared God and did not carry out the orders of the pharaoh of Egypt, instead allowing the male children to survive.
And the people multiplied and became extremely powerful.
7. The just purposes of human government include
1 Peter 2:13–14 (New International Version) Be submissive to every human institution for the sake of the Lord, whether it is the emperor as ultimate ruler or to governors who have been sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to laud those who perform good. 1 Timothy 2:1–2 is a biblical passage. The first and most important thing, I believe, is that we all pray for one another. I also encourage people to pray for monarchs and those in positions of authority so that we might live a peaceful and quiet existence, honoring God and being dignified in all aspects of our lives.
8. In pursuance of these purposes, God authorizes human government
3–4 (Romans 13:3–4) Because rulers are not a threat to good behavior, but rather to evil. Would you be completely unafraid of those in positions of authority? After that, do what is right, and you will gain his approval, for he is God’s servant working for your benefit. In the event that something goes wrong, be terrified, since he does not wield the blade in vain.
Because he is God’s servant and an avenging angel, he is responsible for carrying out God’s wrath against the offender. 9:6 (Genesis 9:6) Whoever spills the blood of man will have his blood shed by another man, for God created man in his own image.
9. Yet human government cannot fully or permanently redress wrong, because it cannot uproot sin from the human heart; this can be done only by the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah 17:9 (Jeremiah 17:9) Who can comprehend the heart, which is deceitful above all else and horribly ill; who can comprehend it? Isaiah 64:6 (KJV) We have all become dirty, and all of our good actions have become like a soiled garment in the eyes of the Lord. We all fade away like a leaf, and our sins, like the wind, carry us away from this world. Paul writes in Romans 3:22–25, ” All who believe in Jesus Christ are justified in the sight of God because of their faith in him. As a result, there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified as a gift by God’s grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God presented as a sacrifice through his blood, to be received by faith.
10. Moreover, the community of redemption is not the state but the church. No matter how much respect is due to the state, the church is never to be identified with it.
18:33–36 (John 18:33–36) So Pilate returned to his headquarters and confronted Jesus, asking him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Pilate’s response was, “Yes.” “Did you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” Jesus inquired of the disciples. “Do you think I’m a Jew?” Pilate inquired. Me and the chief priests were able to secure your surrender from your own people. “Can you tell me what you’ve done?” Christ’s response was, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom had been of this earth, my servants would have been engaged in battle so that I would not be captured and sold into slavery by the Jews.
Precious time must be spent on yourself and on everyone else in your flock, over whom the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, in order to care for the church of God, which Christ purchased with his own blood.
35 Epic Bible Verses About Government (Authority & Leadership)
All of us have our own opinions about the government, but what does the Bible have to say about government? Let’s find out with the help of 35 inspirational Scriptures.
Christian quotes about government
It is possible and common for God to act in the hearts and minds of kings and other government officials in order to fulfill His sovereign plan. Their emotions and minds are under His control in the same way that the impersonal physical laws of nature are under His control. Despite this, every decision they make is done voluntarily – and most of the time without any consideration or concern for the will of God.” Jerry Bridges is a well-known author. It is widely acknowledged by the wise and good of other nations that the government of the United States is the world’s most free, impartial, and righteous government; however, all agree that in order for such a government to be sustained for many years, the principles of truth and righteousness, taught in the Holy Scriptures, must be practiced.
- Thomas Fuller is an American author and poet.
- Refusing to pay taxes is an act of disobedience against God’s law.
- In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The moral law of God is the only law of persons and countries, and nothing can be just government save that which is founded and conducted with a view to its support.” Charles Finney is a fictional character created by author Charles Finney.
- We shall be dominated by tyrants if we do not allow God to rule over us.
- While liberal ideologies are less scientifically proven than the narrative of Noah’s ark, their belief system is taught as reality in government institutions, whereas Biblical belief systems are prohibited from being taught in government schools by legislation.
Ann Coulter is a conservative commentator. “The separation of religion and state was never intended to be a means of separating God from the government.” Roy Moore is a federal judge in Alabama.
God is sovereign over the government
With the election season just around the corner, it’s tempting to grow apprehensive about who will come out on top. Regardless matter who wins, we may be assured that God is in complete command. God be praised for exercising supreme authority over the government. It is true that having a ruling power was God’s conception. He is the one who chooses the rulers. Even those who are not Christians or who are wicked tyrants are included in this category. Their reign has been established by God. He has done so in order to fulfill His divine purpose.
Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart like a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; the Lord may move it in whatever direction he pleases.” 4) Daniel 2:21 (KJV) “He alters the passage of time and the passing of the years.
He imparts much knowledge to sage-like individuals and considerable insight to those of intelligence.” The Bible says in Proverbs 19:21, “Many plans are devised in a person’s heart, but the LORD’s decree will be carried out.” The Bible says in Daniel 4:35 that all the people of the world are regarded as nothing, but He acts according to His will among the host of heaven as well as among the inhabitants of the earth; and no one can resist His hand or cry to Him, ‘What have You done?’ “The LORD sat enthroned at the flood; the LORD sits enthroned, King forever,” says Psalm 29:10.
Governing authorities established by God
God has established a government inside a certain domain of power that has been established by Him. Those in power entrust us with the responsibility of prosecuting and protecting lawbreakers and those who respect the law. Anything outside of it is considered to be outside of God’s domain of authority. This is one of the reasons why so many Christians are opposed to the expansion of federal requirements. That amounts to delegating greater authority to the government than is consistent with the domain of authority that God has established for the government to possess.
“It is for this reason that the one who delivered me up to you bears the greater guilt.” Daniel 2:44 (9) It is said, “During the reign of those kings, God will establish a kingdom that will last forever, and this dominion will not be passed on to another nation.” This dominion will smash all of these countries and bring them to an end, yet it will live on in perpetuity itself.” 10) Romans 13:3 (KJV) “Because rulers are not to be feared by people who do good, but rather by those who do evil,” the author writes.
Would you desire to be completely fearful of persons in positions of authority?
They stumbling around in the dark without any light, he makes them stumble around like a drunken guy.” The Bible says in Acts 17:24, “The God who created the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not reside in temples built by human hands.”
The government was instituted for God’s glory
Creator of both the heavens and the earth, God is the only one who knows everything. He is the one who created everything. Everything that God has created and set in place has been done thus in order to bring Him honor and glory. The authority of the government is a feeble reflection of the power structures that He has established in other places, such as the church and the home. All of this is a faint reflection of the authority structure inside the Trinity, which is reflected in the mirror.
“Honor all people, cherish the brotherhood, revere God, and uphold the authority of the ruler.” fourteenth) Psalm 33:12 What a blessed nation whose God is the LORD, and what a blessed people he has selected to be his own inheritance.”
The role of the governmentin the Bible
As we have just discussed, the function of the government is simply to punish those who break the law and to protect those who do the right thing. 15)Romans 13:3-4 “For rulers are not a source of terror for good behavior, but rather for bad behavior,” the Bible says. Do you wish to be free of any fear of authority? Do what is right, and you will receive praise from those who are right; after all, it is a minister of God to you for your benefit. For those who commit evil should fear it because it does not wield the sword in vain; for it is a minister of God, an avenging angel who pours wrath on those who practice evil.” 16) 1 Peter 2:13-14 (New International Version) “Submit yourselves for the sake of the Lord to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in power or to governors as those sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the commendation of those who do what is just.”
Submission to the governing authorities
Submission is not a bad word in this context. When there is a framework in place, everything works better. We need to know who is to blame for this. When it comes to standing before God, a husband is the head of the house, and he bears full responsibility for all that happens in the home. Because the pastor is the spiritual leader of the congregation, he bears exclusive responsibility for the welfare of the congregation. The church is subject to Christ’s authority and obedience. Furthermore, the government is the supreme authority over the people that live in the country.
The Bible says in Romans 13:1, “Let every individual be submissive to the ruling authority.” As a result, there is no authority apart from God, and the authorities that do exist were established by God.” Consequently, anyone opposes authority has rejected God’s commandment, and those who oppose will be subjected to judgment on their own account.
21)Colossians 3:23-24 (New International Version) “Put out your best effort in whatever you do, as if you were working for the Lord rather than for others.
Keep in mind that the Lord will reward you with an inheritance as a recompense for your service, and that the Master you are serving is Jesus Christ.”
Should we obey governments that go against God’s Word?
There is no such thing as a flawless government. Moreover, all government officials are sinners, just like you and me. We’re all going to make errors. However, a wicked ruler will occasionally order his or her people to transgress against God. When this occurs, we are to follow God rather than man’s commands. Even if it means that we will perish in the process. However, if a king orders that the people follow his regulations, even though they are in direct conflict with Scripture, we are to look to Daniel as an example.
- Daniel was well aware that God had instructed him to pray to no one else except the Lord God.
- He was thrown into the lions’ den as a punishment for his misbehavior, but God intervened and saved him.
- They were ordered to bend down and worship an idol by the King.
- They were thrown into the furnace as a result of their reluctance to abide by the laws of the nation.
- If we are subjected to persecution, we are not assured a miracle rescue.
- 22) The book of Acts 5:29 “However, Peter and the apostles responded, saying, “We must obey God rather than man.”
When the government is unjust
God will occasionally bring a terrible king to a country in order to get revenge on the people. As long as what the ruler requires of the people does does not conflict with God’s mandates, the people are required to submit to his authority. Even if it appears to be excessively rigid or unjust. Waiting patiently for the Lord and living as humbly and silently as possible are the instructions. Stand up for the truth and respect those in positions of authority that God has put in your life. Even our leaders are subjected to temptations to sin.
Genesis 50:20 (Genesis 50:20) The Bible says, “As for you, you intended ill against me, but God intended everything for good.” 24) Romans 8:28 (KJV) (KJV) (KJV) (KJV) (KJV) We know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, and that those who are called according to his plan are those who are called according to his purpose.” 25) Philippians 3:20 “However, our citizenship is in heaven, and it is there that we look forward to a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Psalm 75:7 (verse 26) “However, it is God who administers judgment, bringing one to naught and raising another to naught.” 27)Proverbs 29:2 “When the virtuous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked reign, the people moan.” When the righteous increase, the people rejoice.
Secondly, 2 Timothy 2:24 states that “the servant of the Lord should be friendly to everyone, capable of teaching, and patient in the face of adversity.” 29)Hosea 13:11 “In my rage, I gave thee a ruler, and in my fury, I snatched him away.” 30) Isaiah 46:10 “From the beginning, I have declared the end.” And from ancient times, there have been things that have not been done.
‘My purpose will be established, and I will carry out all of My good pleasure,’ he declared. Job 42:2 (verse 31) “I am certain that You are capable of everything, and that no goal of Yours can be defeated.”
Giving to Ceasar what is Caesar’s
In order for the government to function successfully, it must have access to funds. This is how our roads and bridges are kept in good condition. We should look at how our government spends its money and vote on these topics on a regular basis. Rather, a government asking money is not inherently unbiblical; however, the manner in which they go about it may be. God expects us to be willing and ready to follow his commands, even when it comes to donating money to the government for the sake of supporting the government.
- It is legal or illegal to pay taxes to Caesar, according to the law.
- After that, Jesus inquired of them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” “Caesar’s,” they declared.
- 33) The book of Romans 13:5-7 For this reason, it is vital to be under submission not only for the purpose of wrath, but also for the sake of conscience.
- “Return to everyone what is due them: tax to those who owe it, custom to those who owe it, dread to those who fear, honor to those who honor.”
Praying for those who govern over us
Pray for those in positions of power over us, as we are instructed to do so. We should ask for their blessing and protection in our prayers. First and foremost, we should pray that they will come to know Christ and that they will seek to honor Him in all of their decisions.34) 1 Timothy 2:1-2 “First and foremost, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings, and for all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”35) 1 Peter 2:17 “Honor everyone.
Do I really like the brotherhood.
“Respect for the emperor.” ConclusionWhile the impending elections may appear to be a source of concern, we have no reason to be concerned since the Lord already knows who He will choose to lead our country.