This is a work in progress.
I do believe all governments are ordained of God, but that does not mean it will be good. But God’s children (Those who are saved by Grace) do not have to fear it. But you do need to ask yourself what has the US done that God thinks we deserve the government we have? If rights are bestowed upon us by God then only God can take them away so why is He taking them away? And if you are one of His then you know how this ends, all politics aside. NO MAN in the oval office or any below can alter that. But why?
Before I start I want to tell a brief story. I had to go to court and was guilty of breaking man’s law and was still found not guilty. I won’t go into the particulars but God showed me two things, the law I broke hurt no one but me, if it hurt even me, and not to fear the lies that the officers told. You see, I never set out to hurt anyone and I didn’t hurt anyone. God knew the intent of my heart. He was also aware that these officers were lying against me to make it look like I was some terror out there that needs to be stopped. Another thing I noticed in preparing for court. Up until the last couple months before court I looked diligently at the evidence and knew the case inside out. But the last few months I lost interest in preparing and just decided I would play it by ear in court. I had no clue what I was going to say. I will add a link to the audio of my day in court below but I also had resisting arrest charges against me and God gave me the foresight to video tape the encounter which proved the officer lied. And to this day I don’t believe a single officer viewed the video or even understood what they were seeing. We were even denied evidence.
1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil…
There are generally two trains of thought here; 1) Because the government is led by ungodly men we are under no obligation to follow it. We must remove ourselves from all evil. And 2) Government is ordained of God and we must follow it to the letter. Both seem a bit off base when taken into context of the Bible.
Looking at what Christ says in Matthew 22 it is in keeping with verse 6 of Romans 13.
16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?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.22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
And yet again there are usually two trains of thought; 1) We owe and must pay taxes. And 2) We are under God, not Caesar, and owe no tax. Again, both appear to be wrong.
When approached about the tribute Christ was basically asking who owned the money. Then He proceeded to tell them if it was Caesar’s money Caesar had a right to ask for it back. When someone lends you something, like the Federal Reserve, the loaned object is still property of the lender. They can ask for it back.
If government is, and I believe it is, ordained of God then where the problem lies is in that God will give you the government you deserve and not the one you want. “But America is a Christian country.” Is she?
In the book of 1 Samuel, chapter 8, God warns the Hebrew Children what will happen if they reject Him and set up a King over themselves and He did not paint a pretty picture. He told Samuel He would give them a King but the King would take from them and give to who he chose. Sound like Washington today? Man has never learned to turn from governance back to God.
And the worship of states and statesmen was born. I get to see this in high gear every time an election comes around. God’s warnings are never heeded.
5 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
I have seen people do some evil things to get “Their” guy elected. I have seen people I thought I could respect lie for and about candidates. I have seen candidates promises people things they never plan to deliver and the people eat them up and praise them like they are Gods. Idolatry. The lesser of two evils is still evil.
24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
So, here is Christ saying not to be in a position of authority. Which begs the question, “Can someone be a follower of Christ and be a politician?”. How could they be a “doer” of the Word? Christians should not, nor be encouraged to, look to government when they should be looking to God. Government has become the US’s idol of worship. It will not, nor can it save you.
2 Thessalonians 2:10-13
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. …
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.