- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Friends and Family Relationships
- Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 15:29
Although God still overrules in government (Daniel 4:17,25, 32; 5:21; Proverbs 21:1) and those who govern are accountable to God who has ordained their office for the good of man (Romans 13:1, 2, 4, 6), the powers of darkness control world governments (Ephesians 6:12). Whether regenerate or unregenerate, those who govern serve in a government controlled by the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19, "in the wicked one," Darby). Governments are inevitably moving to conform to God's purpose for Israel, yet the only means that God will use to overthrow and effectively redirect their power is based on redemption, for Judah's Lion is the Redeemer-Lamb (Revelation 5:5,6,9). Neither protest against, participation in, nor power with-in government will arrest the tide of the mystery of lawlessness (2 Thessalonians 2:7, Darby). Are believers to be unconcerned about the course of evil in the world? The Bible clearly teaches our responsibility to evangelize the world and to pray for those who govern and for their impact (1 Timothy 2:2). Our testimony, both through what we are (salt, Matthew 5:13) and what we do (light by good works, Matthew 5:14-16), lends weight to the gospel (1 Peter 2:12), God's only message of deliverance for man (John 8:36; Acts 26:18). The "responsibility" of citizens to vote or gain power in government is a human expedient, not a divine principle.
The only place where God's government is recognized is the assembly, the house of God (1 Timothy 3:15 with Genesis 28:17). To participate in a government other than God's, even by voluntary financial contributions, seems to question the sufficiency of God's government.