“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.” 1 Peter 2:13-14
Government, civil rulers are given for these biblically stated purposes:
“for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”
Ahab and Jezebel were at the head of Israel and had greatly corrupted it. King Ahab married Jezebel, who was the wife of a phoenecian king.
“But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.” 1 Kings 21:25
When we study Kings and Chronicles, we see that when righteous kings took over in Israel and Judah, they drained the swamp by putting an axe to the root of all sin.
Human government will always be faulty because we live in a fallen world. Yet, that does not change the fact that God ordained it “for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well.” (1 Peter 2:13-14)
God’s Word reveals that only Christ’s coming “government” will be perfect and perfectly just.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6-7
It’s interesting that most of those who arrogantly believe they are too spiritual to be involved in gov’t as well as family and the church (the 3 divinely ordained institutions in society) aren’t winning anyone to Jesus …. seems like to me that if they were truly spiritual (kingdom minded), they’d be preaching the Gospel and leading people to Jesus.
There is a whole lot of Gospel to preach in the midst of this “crooked and perverse nation.“ (Philippians 2:16) Those who claim to be too good to participate in government have shucked their duty and forfeited the privilege of speaking the light of truth into what they perceive to be darkness. Satan wins.
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” Philippians 2:15-16
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings (civil/government rulers), and for ALL that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Did you catch that? The divine purpose for human/civil government is so “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” and for souls to be saved through the “one Mediator”! (see v5) This is what “is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.”
It seems obvious from the above passage, that the LORD, who is not the author of confusion, desires and has ordained an orderly societal living model. Here therefore instructs us to pray for and be involved in the stewardship of this process. Satan is the one who wants God’s people to disobey Him by abandoning such a responsibility.
As we shall read now in Romans 13, God ordained government to punish evil doers and reward those who do good.
“And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.” Jeremiah 29:7
Jeremiah 29:7 is further proof that the LORD wants His people praying for and involved with government. Some people misuse verses such as “come out from among them, and be ye separate.” (2 Corinthians 6:17) Setting ourselves apart to the LORD would include, not exclude, participating. Being sanctified would not include disobedience such as not praying for and participating in all 3 divinely institutions (family, church, government). Satan loves when misled Christians let him have government and run wild with destruction. Is that not how America become hi-jacked by wicked rulers?
You see, those who pretend to be too spiritual to bother voting actually play right into Satan’s hands. God told us to pray for all in authority – because HE ordained it. He instituted civil government for our good and protection and so it is not evil in and of itself. Men are fallen and evil and when we don’t vote they get put into places of authority and wreak havoc.
Self-righteously sitting there and cursing the darkness is the very reason our government become so poisoned with evil men and women. That’s exactly how it got this way in the first place, right? Am I missing something? Remember the 3 institutions God ordained: 1. family, 2. the church/body of Christ, and 3. Government
Many saw this evil and prayed, campaigned and voted. We have some very good men and women taking over where the wicked held positions. The swamp is being drained of the self-serving, greedy wolves who did more damage than can be calculated. It’s time to rejoice and give Jesus Christ praise for what He has done in response to the prayers of His people! God has wrought a miracle to clear the way for His people to establish His truth in the hearts of men by accomplishing the Great Commission He gave us (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20) Preach saints, preach! Some have this idea that the church must have persecution in order to multiply and be fruitful. No. Jesus’ people do not of necessity have to have persecution to obey. This is yet another opportunity He is giving us. Remember that if there would have been just 10 righteous people in Sodom God would have spared it, right? (Genesis 18)
Prayer: LORD, in the name of Jesus Christ, let my life in this temporal world glorify You alone. Bless Your people to honor You in what You have said in the full counsel of Your Word. Bless us to walk in Your love and truth and to participate fruitfully in influencing government according to Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.