Biblical Perspective On Human Government – Part 1

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Romans 13:1

As Christians in the United States this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in all the political mayhem. It can even be tempting to think that simply electing the right political candidate is the answer to solving all the moral problems that plague our chaotic society here in America. But is that a right perspective? Is that the Biblical perspective?

Let’s take a walk down memory lane…

Remember, there was a time during the early years of our country, when almost every soul in America acknowledged the Ten Commandments as the cornerstone of ethics and morality. Today most Americans can’t even name three of the Ten. There was also a time (not so long ago) when Americans universally disapproved of homosexuality, adultery, and divorce; they believed sexual promiscuity is absolutely wrong; they regarded obscene language as inappropriate; they saw abortion as unthinkable; and they held public officials to high moral and ethical standards. Today, most of the behavior society once considered immoral is defended as an inalienable civil right. How times and the culture have changed! The strong Christian influence and scriptural standards that shaped Western culture and American society through the end of the nineteenth century have given way to practical atheism and moral relativism. The few traces of Christianity in our culture are at best weak and compromising, and to an increasingly pagan society they are cultic and bizarre.

John Macarthur stated the following:

“In less than fifty years’ time, our nation’s political leaders, legislative bodies, and courts have adopted a distinctly anti-Christian attitude and agenda. The country has swept away the Christian worldview and its principles in the name of equal rights, political correctness, tolerance, and strict separation of church and state.
Gross immorality—including homosexuality, abortion, pornography, and other evils—has been sanctioned not only by society in general but in effect by the government as well. A portion of our tax dollars are now used to fund programs and government agencies that actively engage in blatant advocacy of various immoral practices.”

Some Christians still hold on to politics as the answer to our nations issues.
But is that a proper perspective? I believe not.
America’s moral decline is a spiritual problem, not a political one, and its solution is the gospel of Jesus Christ, not partisan politics.

About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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