Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Church and State

Does government play a role and have a responsibility to the church? 

Yes, to the church as well as society in general; which is to reward those who do good and punish those who do harm (wrong). 

Rom 13:3  For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.

1Pe 2:13  Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14  or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good15  For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 

Do we as believers have a role and responsibility toward government? 

Yes. To pray for those who rule over us so that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and pleasing to God.

If we neglect this role to faithfully pray for those in authority, we are allowing and even inviting a government that works against rewarding good and punishing evil, to grow and eventually thrive. This is not honoring or pleasing to God, in great part because it brings harm to us (his image bearers) and his creation, as well as dishonors him.

1Tim 2:1  First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior...

For an extended conversation on the role of government and the believer click here. 

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