Let us hear the words of Proverbs 4:17: “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father's son… He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” These are truly wise words, and since the fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom, we need to go to God's Word to find true wisdom.
This is now our sixth week of teaching on a Christian Worldview, and I pray you have learned some valuable things about what The Bible has to say about important subjects in our day. The principles in God's Word are timeless, and apply to us today. This week, we are looking at the subjects of law and politics. Many people, even Christians, say religion and politics don't mix. They should have nothing to do with each other. Once again, ignorance of God's Word leads to these statements. God said, “When the righteous rule, the people rejoice” (Prv 29:2). How are the righteous ever going to rule, if no righteous people get involved in politics? Romans 13 says that God ordained the government. Now, if God ordained government, then He certainly ordained the art of governing – which is the definition of politics! Besides, if you don't think the beliefs of Secular Humanist and Marxist – which are based on atheism and evolution – are effecting their political decisions, then you're crazy. You see, almost everyone bases their politics on their religion. The only difference is, what religion you hold to. Do you worship man, or do you worship the true living God?
Now, God does not necessarily approve of every single individual government, nor their leaders. North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc. - are obviously not governments in submission God. How do we know this? Because in these governments, Bibles are outlawed, churches destroyed, and Christians murdered or imprisoned – just for being Christian. Wicked governments and leaders, like Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar in the Book of Daniel, will sooner or later face King Jesus. God ordains government as a whole – as opposed to chaos and anarchy; However, not all governments are based on a reverence for God and His laws.
God has also laid down laws that transcend man. The Bible is the chief source of knowledge concerning what is right and wrong. God's moral law is unchanging and eternal. Now, ceremonial, dietary, and other such laws in the Bible must be understood in context – pertaining to certain people groups at certain times in history. Also, how these rules were enforced must be understood the same way. However, God's righteousness, morality, and justice are eternal. For instance, stoning a foul-mouthed child or an adulterer was the legal prescription under the Mosaic law. As Christians, we are not under the law of Moses – but God's moral law has not changed. He still wants a child to talk respectfully, and for both husband and wife to keep their marriage vows.
Secular Humanist/Marxist believe in legal positivism, or positive law. It says that the state is the ultimate authority in creating and enforcing law. Since it is rooted in atheism and evolution, there is no “Law of God” to follow. Whatever man (the state) says is right or wrong, is right or wrong. This is the opposite of Christian law, which says there are two laws: the Law of Nature and Nature's God (as stated in the Declaration of Independence). There is Natural law - the conscience of man and functions of creation (Rom 2); and there is Divine law, the written laws of God in the Scriptures (Isa 33:22). Individuals and governments are to obey them. If the state passes laws that are against God's laws – then the state is wrong (Acts 5:29). If God's law says thou shalt not murder, and the state says it's legal to murder the innocent unborn – then the state is wrong, and in rebellion against God.
Humanist politics focuses on bringing about Globalism, and Humanist are typically big supporters of and participants in the United Nations. This is why they constantly want to undermine the sovereignty of the U.S. Marxist politics focus on bringing about a Communist new world order through dictatorships – the perfect utopian golden age, when communism rules the world. Doesn't that sound like heaven on earth? God made His view of one world government clear in Genesis 11:1-9. He doesn't want it. We also see in Acts 17:26 that God has decreed the history and boundaries for all of the nations (see also Dt 32:8). God has given us the right to life, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. The government is supposed to preserve that for us – not take it from us. When God says thou shalt not murder, kidnap, or steal – in protects the right to life, freedom, and property. The Christian's politics should always reflect his devotion to Jesus Christ and to His Word. Too often Christians vote for someone out of a personal gain they may receive, or they don't vote at all. Shame on them!
If you are a Christian of 18 years and up, you should be registered to vote. If you are not, you are failing your duty to be salt and light in this world – including government. The great commission is to all the world. If you think politics is “dirty”, it's because the righteous have abandoned ship. Shame on the Christian in this country who lets the wicked rule, and won't lift a finger to help put a righteous man into office! To whom much is given, much is required! If you're a Christian in North Korea, you have an excuse – but you don't have one here in the U.S.! Don't just hide and pray – do something in Jesus Name! Until next time, rejoice in The Lord!