Good Government… “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Romans 13:1
Good governments recognize Almighty God as the ultimate authority. He is the One who establishes governments and gives them the power to preside over the people. Good governments are ‘of the people, by the people and for the people’. When governments fail to serve the people on behalf of God, they ultimately fail. Wisdom is separation of church and state, but not separation of the church from the state.
A good government “of the people” is populated by good people. Its officials instruct and lead with integrity of heart and humility of mind. Moses modeled this when he chose leaders of character to help him manage the masses. “But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens” (Exodus 18:21). It is integrity that infuses a country with common sense commands and laws based on the Lord.
A good government “by the people” means we are responsible to participate in the electoral process and pray for our elected officials. “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior…”(1 Timothy 2:1-3). Our prayer for politicians pleases Jesus, so plead often on their behalf for wisdom and courage to do the right things.
Lastly, a good government “for the people” means the people are the recipients of its benefits. Good citizens pay taxes as Jesus commanded (Luke 20:25), but good governments are faithful fiduciaries with the funds. They are wise overseers of free enterprise. So those who maliciously manipulate the markets are punished for their punitive acts. Creditable capitalism is based on character. Indeed societies with an honest democracy ask, “Am I a good citizen who contributes to good government?” Under God, good government is “of the people, by the people and for the people”.
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
September 19, 2021
“Oneness with Jesus leads to oneness with other Jesus followers.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 19, 2021 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 1 Samuel 18:1 Being one in spirit means you have reached a level of [...]
September 18, 2021
“Freedom from persecution does not guarantee a life of holiness.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 18, 2021 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. [...]
September 17, 2021
“A flirtatious rendezvous with riches brings leanness to our souls and conflict in our relationships.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 17, 2021 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. [...]