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?
February 25, 2021
“The Lord wants to strengthen your thinking.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 25, 2021 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount [...]
February 24, 2021
“The best way to help others is for our love to be wedded to their dignity.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 24, 2021 In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, [...]
February 23, 2021
“Ask for help, trust Him, and listen.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 23, 2021 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; ‘I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17 I can be a [...]