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A Call to Raise a Biblical Standard (Part Two)

Last week we looked at Scriptures (Psalm 33: 12-22 and Psalm 53: 1-3) which tell us that the nation whose God is the Lord is blessed and those who say there is no God are foolish and corrupt. This week I want to share with you “The Scriptural Basis for Christian Civil Government” which is found in the book Explicitly Christian Politics – The Vision of the National Reform Association, edited by William O. Einwechter and published by The Christian Statesman Press in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The first section on page 256 is under the heading of “Scriptural Teaching as to the Origin and Nature of the Nation” and tells us:

1. God is the Author of all national life (Deut. 26:19; Ps. 86:9; Acts 17:24 – 26).

2. God brings each particular nation into existence in its own time in the progress of the world’s history (Acts 17:26).

3. God gives to each nation its own rightful territory (Acts 17:26).

4. It is, therefore, God’s prerogative, as the Just Ruler of nations, to take away national life, as well as to bestow and maintain it (Jer. 18: 7-10).

5. The nation, a being which God creates, and which He rewards for its righteousness, or destroys for its sins, is a moral being to which God has given supreme moral law. (Deut. 6:1-3; 8:1).

6. Civil government, the institution for the regulation and control of national life, is in its principle the ordinance of God, and is to be obeyed as such a divine ordinance (Rom. 13:1-2).

7. Civil government, in its framework or constitution, the distribution and arrangement of its powers, is the ordinance of man (1 Pet. 2:13-14).With these points in mind, we can look at the efforts to consolidate nations through a Biblical viewpoint as being man’s effort at autonomous rule. He has shaken his fist at God and declared that by his own efforts he will rule, reign and bring in a utopia, while Scripture reminds us that only God can give man true peace and happiness.

One can examine the efforts at globalization, the United Nations, the European Union, the possibility of a North American Union, etc. and see that the fruits they are producing reek of corruption and tyranny. And while some laugh at the recent moves of States to declare their sovereignty and rights to the leviathan known as the federal government in the united States of America, the Biblical response may be for us to take a moment to stand still and declare the glory of the Lord and His hand in this movement.

As stated in Acts 17: 26, students of history and the Holy Bible can attest that God “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation...”

Friends, as we continue to watch history unfold, I pray you’ll seek the LORD. Amen.

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