October 5, 2009

Follow God’s Word

Written by Boyd Bailey

Follow God’s Word… “When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law…he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees…” Deuteronomy 17:18 a, 19 b

No one is above the law and no one is above God’s law. From the earliest origins of government God instructed the rulers to write, read, follow and obey His word. God knew the tremendous wisdom and character needed by a leader to govern fairly and effectively. Integration of God’s principles is developed by a life long habit. The more you rise in power and responsibility, the more you need to understand the wisdom of God.

You cannot lead like Christ without comprehending and applying Scripture. Without the influence of the Bible your decisions become shallow, sentimental and self-serving. Decisions un-tethered from the truth contribute to moral decay and cultural confusion. You are on solid historical ground to expect a Biblical worldview from your local, state and national leaders. Don’t expect a state church, but expect a state influenced by the church.

Our expectations of government leaders should be grounded in God’s eternal word. He is the gold standard for conduct and character. What do your state and national senators and representatives believe about the Word of God? Where does your mayor and councilmen stand? Your leaders are a reflection of you. The best minds our culture has to offer are anemic without the filter of faith in their thinking. Intelligence without intimacy with the Almighty leads to pride and self-rule. The Bible is our baseline for belief and behavior.

Yes we are a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Therefore, can we expect our political leaders to represent their people with a Biblical understanding and to decree laws based on Biblical standards? Yes. Otherwise the logical conclusion to no Biblical standard for belief is a messy morality.

We cease to be a God fearing nation when everyone does what they think is right. Someone has to be wrong for right to mean anything. God save us from wisdom that leaves out instruction from the Lord’s law. “Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?” (Mark 12:24). How can I be an exceptional student of Scripture? Who can I elect to government whose heart is governed by God?

Related Readings: Joshua 1:8; Jeremiah 13:10; John 2:22; Acts 18:28

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