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God and Politics

by Providence Crowder (providencecrowder@gmail.com)

In the Bible, the people of God held no dichotomy between the sacred and secular. Every aspect of their lives, every thought and every action, was lived in the light of God’s truth. Through their biblical worldview, they sought God for insight into their private and public affairs; God influenced their decision making, and He guided their beliefs, principles, and politics.

Many passages of Scripture unquestionably debunk the myth that religion should be kept separate from government (separation of church and state). Even the U.S. Constitution makes no such claim. The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” How this declaration has been twisted into an anti-Christian mantra in recent times is deplorable. What this amendment clearly says is that CONGRESS cannot make anyone adhere to a particular religion, nor can they keep anyone from adhering to one. Today, many liberal court justices have surpassed their authority in stripping millions of Americans of their constitutional right to religious freedom, particularly in the public sector.

God is intricately involved in politics. He instituted government, just as He established the institutions of marriage, family, and church. The Bible is saturated with the political themes of law and justice. The Bible is filled with examples of God’s involvement in decisions made by kings, courts, and rulers. The Bible takes clear positions on topics such as marriage, abortion, poverty, economics and war. God is concerned with politics.

Concerning marriage, God affirms that marriage is between one man and one woman until one or both are deceased (Gen. 1:24; Matt.19:3-6). Even when challenged by the religious leaders regarding divorce, Jesus answered them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wife, but from the beginning it was not so” (Matt. 13:8). Though people have attempted to alter God’s definition and requirements for marriage, His directive has never changed; it is as it was in the beginning.

Concerning abortion, Scripture teaches that the preborn child is a person from the moment of conception (Gen. 25:22-23, Ps. 51:5, Ps. 139:13, Lk. 1:41-44, etc.). Even science perfectly complements Scripture in confirming that a human being is produced during the fertilization process when the sperm cell fuses with the ovum and they cease to exist as separate organisms. God pronounced judgment upon those who would harm the preborn child; the more severe penalty for intentional harm to the child as opposed to accidental.   The killing of the innocent is repeatedly condemned throughout Scripture. For a man to attempt to decide for himself at what point he feels that an “embryo” becomes a human being is taking upon himself a great responsibility as the giver of life; a responsibility that God has reserved for himself.

God is politics.  He is the supreme governing body over all creation, administrating laws from the first recorded moment that He spoke.  Even the celestial bodies brought forth light and the earth brought forth grass at God’s command during the days of creation, and they have been obedient since (Gen 1).  Physics would confirm God’s involvement in governing.

Scripture gives many examples of private and civic responsibilities that should guide the Christians’ politics.  In being good stewards over all that God has blessed this great nation with; in being the salt of the earth and light of the world, Christians today should not check their values at the door concerning politics.  God’s politics should influence their decision making at the voting booth.

 

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Economics From A Biblical Worldview

by Tommy Davis (tdavis76@rochester.rr.com)

When most people think of economics, they assume the Bible has little to say about it. Truth would have it that economic terms are woven throughout Scripture. The term “economics” stems from a Greek expression which literally means “house management.” Thus, the usage of the word “economics” describes the fiscal management of resources one has been entrusted with, either in the home or an institution. Identified in this light, we must conclude that the Bible has plenty to say about the proper controlling of assets.

The contemporary definition of economics does not square well with historic usage. Many people seem to allow politicians to apply a different set of rules when it comes to managing the resources in our economy. Citizens who accumulate debt and mismanage their monetary funds will incur disaster. Since there may be no one to bail them out, they may end up foreclosing on a home, or have their car repossessed. Wise citizens will decrease the amount of spending and encourage savings so that expenses would fall below income. Politicians, however, disregard ancient wisdom and rely on the printing press and the raising of taxes to compensate for the mismanagement of the financial system.

The Lord desires that every able-bodied person contribute to some form of “production” so that the paper we call money becomes a “certificate of performance” whereby we “exchange” valuable resources in good faith. Anything other than that is called charity. All throughout Scripture when God sent a famine, it was the scarcity of food. When the famine hit the land of Egypt, the Bible records: “There was no food in that entire region, for the famine was very severe” (Genesis 47:13). Since Joseph was second in command in Egypt, he collected all the money from the people “in exchange” for grain. Since the famine was so severe that no additional food could be produced, the money was no longer a valuable resource because there was nothing to confirm its value.  Paper money is a “reflection” of wealth and a means to “exchange” valuable resources.

Since money was no longer helpful, the Egyptians cried out to Pharaoh and Joseph: “Give us bread, for why should we die in your presence? For the money has failed” (Genesis 47:15). Thus, no amount of money would relieve the people of the famine. What mattered was the “production” of treasured resources; in this case, it was food. The people eventually agreed to sell themselves as slaves to the state in order to attempt survival.

The economic lesson is this: if we discourage domestic production, no amount of cash will cure financial ills. One way politicians discourage production is to implement all forms of expensive regulations which make it difficult to run an honest business. The raising of taxes to fund unnecessary entitlements shift valuable resources in artificial directions that raise prices and result in economic recessions. Voters who elect politicians who “tax the rich” in an effort to “pay the poor” can only blame themselves for the minimal amount of jobs available.

 

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Book Review: God and Government, A Biblical and Historical Study

By Tommy Davis (tdavis76@rochester.rr.com)

The publication, “God and Government, A Biblical and Historical Study”, by Gary DeMar is a demonstration of contemporary scholarship in regards to documenting the rich history of America from a biblical worldview.  At a time when liberals are rewriting the past in an attempt to control the present and the future, this book shatters some myths regarding “Church and State”, the First Amendment, and the influence of Christians in government.  This book has impacted me in several ways.

  • Government is a reflection of society.  Citizens who recognize that they are under the authority of God are self-governed.  Such are people who obey the laws of God from the heart. They do not need to be forced like ungoverned citizens who revert to crime to satisfy uncontrolled lusts (p. 16). “Self-government (or self-control) under God is the foundation of any society” (p. 11).

 

  • The primary instructors for a child’s education are the family.  The church and school are to act as supplements to education rather than principal.  Strong families are a threat to oppressive governments (p. 27).  The first institution that God established on earth is the family.  “Family government is our first government” (p. 25).  Productive families result in a productive society that has within it strong churches.  The spiritual health of the family determines what kind of government that will collectively govern individual units.  In other words, godly families send the right kind of politicians to Washington.  It is detrimental to transfer familial responsibilities to an impersonal state.

 

  • The primary function of civil government to protect, not provide (p. 43).  The biblical model of government is to “bear the sword” on behalf of a collective community by enforcing policy created by the people that have submitted themselves to God laws.  Just as ministers are SERVANTS when operating within the religious community, our public servants are to SERVE the people, not Lord it over them.   All laws are a recognition of some form of standard. Those standards must have its foundation in the laws of God.  “For rulers to declare that God’s laws are not legitimate is to say that only man’s laws are” (p. 74).

 

  • The separation of church and state as “Constitutional” is a myth.  It has been “formulated on the basis of a rewriting of history” (p. 119).  To take a letter written by Thomas Jefferson and paste it into the US Constitution by judicial fiat is a deliberate attempt to distort the facts of history.  “A wealth of historical evidence points to the fact that our forefathers knew nothing about an absolute separation as being promoted by present-day court decisions” (p. 119).  In fact, the US Constitutional First Amendment prohibits CONGRESS from enacting legislation that abridges religious freedom.  As Christians settled the early colonies, their charters incorporated strong religious language, specifically Christianity.  When New York established its Constitution, it read, “We, the People of the State of new York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings, do establish this Constitution” (quoted on p. 162).

 

  • The entire framework of the US Constitution was the product of Christian influence.  Our forefathers understood the possibility of tyranny cloaked in the form of religion, and the “biblical doctrine of the depravity of man” (p. 142).  Therefore, they set up a standard of checks and balances from a biblical perspective that gave birth to our three branches of government:  the executive (President), the legislative (Congress), and the judicial (Courts).  The Bible records a summary in Isaiah 33:22.  “By dividing powers among the three branches of governing authorities, the Constitution divides the potential corruption that could result if power were localized in a person…” (p. 152).

Conclusion:   “God and Government” is a must-read for all those –conservative and liberal— who desire to know the truth of times past and God’s providential work in American history.  Irrefutable proof exists in this book that revisionists could not erase.  Thus, this book deserves a place in every American’s library and every classroom.  To order this book please visit  http://americanvision.org/

 
 
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