God has ordained government

Here is something I read on Facebook.

God has ordained government

by  Ken Ham

Some recent news items reported on politicians holding and even reading from the Bible. Well, all politicians (including governors and mayors) need to read and understand the following: “For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1).

God has ordained government and its chief purpose is to exercise justice. In doing that, we’re told: “For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good” (Romans 13:3–4).

This tells us the government’s role is to punish the evil doer and execute judgment on the one who practices evil. Also, as well as punishing evil, government is to promote and reward good: “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good” (1 Peter 2:13–14).

We are also told: “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:17–19).

In other words, Christians should never take their own revenge—which does not mean injustice is to be ignored. God is the one who takes vengeance when he chooses, and the government is one of the tools he uses for this.

Of course, sadly, most politicians don’t obey God’s Word—most reject it.

So, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Timothy 2:1–2).

Posted on June 4, 2020, in Facebook, government and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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