Of Government and Men
Men are sovereign before God. There is no question in this respect, but what about government? It always seems to get in the way of man and his Creator. For instance, man is sovereign to marry a wife. But government now guides and interferes with marriage through licensing. Man is sovereign to build a house and own land, but now governments interfere and steal from man by imposing property taxes and requiring permits.
Many non-Christians are put off because Christians and their input into politics and government in general. For instance, many Christians believe that life begins at conception and that abortion is murder in a very real sense. What many non-Christians fail to see is that many Christians are working hard or contributing considerable financial aid via local churches to help young men and women live godly lives and never be faced with health situation that would lend itself to abortion.
In fact, many Christians that I know, give 10% or more of their gross incomes to improving the safety, peace, and joy of those around them through the local church. A personal decision and a private one. And what I mean by that is: Christians aren’t demanding that the federal government or even the state or local governments give money to their local church or denomination if they are part of one.
“BUT TAX EXEMPTION!!!” you may scream in rage. And I agree with you, the church does have a tax exemption but what you may not realize is that the church staff still have income taxes. Including the pastor. And social security still applies to their income with the current exemption of the pastor, but only if he opts to do so forever and never receive SS benefits. So, there’s that.
That rant aside, I’d like to talk about several things. First, let’s start with Abraham.
Abraham left the city of Ur. This is a powerful part of scriptures that many Christians fail to keep in mind during their politicking. And to my dear non-Christian readers, I mean that with the greatest of respect to my fellow Christians. But to Christians, this world should seem a temporary home. There is no holy land, there is no physical heritage. But what off-puts many non-Christians IMO is the insistence that America is a Christian nation or that the land of Israel is God’s chosen people. No, neither of these are actually true, they are just what some Christians believe and they are wrong.
America is not a Christian nation.
Israel is not the land of God’s chosen people.
But what do I mean to say by those surprising statements?
What I’m trying to explain is that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came down to this earth and preached of a kingdom that is not of this earth. Then He died, was buried, and rose again the third day. For your sins. And now He sits on the right hand of the Father, coming soon to a city near you. And THEN He will rule this earth. And it will be a wonderful place.
But until then, we are pilgrims on this earth. So it begs the question: If we are sovereign before God and if we are not of this earth, what business do we have paying taxes or voting?
Yes and no.
The general principle that the New Testament teaches, that Jesus lived, and that the Old Testament laid out the framework for was “as much as possible, live peaceably with all men.” For instance, Jesus paid taxes but never called for the bombing of Rome because they were “occupying” the land of Israel. He was an anarchist in that respect. He didn’t believe in the validity of the human government, but He recognized its power and treated it like the Mafia, He paid them off to just get them to leave Him alone.
The New Testament teaches us to honor the king. This seems to be another “in the world but not of it” idea.
The Old Testament was never meant to be taken as what God really intended as a worldly system. Abraham being a prime example that the Old Testament was part of a curriculum if you will. The NT describes the law as being a “schoolmaster.” Israel was a real thing in the same way that your first grade class was a real thing. As a 20 year old, you don’t still call yourself “Ms Mowry’s Special Kids.” But it was a very real class and had very specific things that you did in it; as a group.
But because we do live in the world, even though we may not be OF it, real men of God can choose to lead. Weak effeminate “Christian” men should have nothing to do with politics. Also, real men of God are not required to participate in any way other than that mandate to “as much as possible, live peaceably with all men.”
What are the dangers of effeminate “Christian men” getting involved in politics? It will lead to the use of the state as a entity of violence. Things like drone-strikes in the Middle East. There is NO FEAR from some general ordering a drone pilot to drop a missile on some target all the way across the world. NO COURAGE. It’s basically bullying. Real “Christian men” are the ones that offer their lives on the front line. They know what it means to fear. They know what it means to have courage. Effeminate “Christian” men will lead to the rise of the anti-Christ.
Case examples include Joseph and Daniel. Both of these men were active in politics and very influential. Many of the prophets were part of the king’s counsel, and when the king ignored the fiery men of God, it always turned out bad for the king AND the people of the country.
So, the Bible teaches a clearly worldly anarchy that includes a clause for “living peaceably.”