The Biblical Role of Government: 3 Videos
Jesus has the answer and we'll find that answer in scripture.
There are three videos on this page, each under 12 minutes in length. (Links for 30 minute, more detailed versions are provided below.) They introduce the three institutions God established to deal with the effects of the fall: the family, government, and for us today the church. Each one has a role to play, and when one (government) usurps the role of the others, the effects of the fall are not dealt with and life gets crazy.
As originally established in 1788 the American Federal Government was close to what the Bible says it should be. It was a Biblical government. However, over time we have been moving away from that. For example, the 17th Amendment (ratified in 1913), establishing the direct election of senators by popular vote, was a major move away from government based on the Biblical principle of the division of power.
Rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a servant of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a servant of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. - Matthew 7:22-23
The above scripture gives us the purpose of government... to fight evil, or as it is stated in the first video, "to execute justice."
The following are three short videos that highlight key points about the Biblical role of government. For more about Biblical government TAP HERE.
What was government created to do?
What is the church? What is the church supposed to do? What is the relationship between the church and government? Is there a separation between church and state?
More on the role of the church? What is the role of the family? Should the government be involved in charity, welfare and education?
Government's role is to fight evil (execute justice), and it uses the power of the sword (lethal weapons). To do that it needs to know what is evil. It is the role of the church to advise the government on God's definition of evil, and the church uses the power of God's Word. Here is an exchange that took place in the U.S. Congress (February 2021), that illustrates the condition of our government today, as reported by One News Now:
“Whenever a nation’s laws no longer reflect the standards of God,” Representive Greg Steube [minority party] warned his colleagues, “that nation is in rebellion against Him and will inevitably bear the consequences.”
“Mr. Streube,” countered Representative Jerrold Nadler [majority party], “what any religious ascribes as God’s will is no concern to this Congress.”
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. - 1 John 1:8
We all sin, meaning we all disobey God (Jesus). Some try to deal with this by denying that God (Jesus) exists. However, although some people may suppress the knowledge of God (Jesus), everyone knows God (Jesus) exists:
For the wrath of God (Jesus) is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God (Jesus) is evident within them; for God (Jesus) made it evident to them. - Romans 1:18-19
You cannot hide from God (Jesus) by denying God (Jesus).
2000 years ago Jesus (God) came to seek and save the lost... to save sinners. That includes you. All who believe and repent, (trust Jesus as having paid their penalty for breaking God's laws in full and turn away from disobeying Jesus), are FREE from the penalty for sin and will be with Jesus (God) forever.
Those who reject God (Jesus), must pay the penalty for disobedience themselves... the second death, the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8)
Jesus (God) IS always the one you can trust. Turn to Jesus (God) today.