God and Government

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God establishes authorities on earth, and that includes the government. In this message, learn what the Bible says about how a government should operate, and what the role of the citizen is in relationship to it.

 

 

God promises to bless the nature who prioritises guards relationship, too. A kingdom voted is a Christian who takes the opportunity to promote the role of God in history through civil government. They are at their core kingdom independence. They do not ultimately belong to any political party. They belonged to the kingdom of God. They ultimately are dedicated to advancing God’s name. God’s person in God policy. Is this true? I am a kingdom citizen. I do kingdom voting as a kingdom. Independence Because I do not represent the kingdoms of this world. I represent the Kingdom of the Lord and of his Christ Booth King with the defendant. And make sure your church there’s a kingdom change. Creating kingdom disciples will make kingdom in God’s kingdom. He has four coven. It’ll relationships a personal covenant where you pledged five gallery to him as the individual Ah, family covering it were marriage and the family places themselves under his covenant. Then there would be the church covenant. We’re a body of believers placed themselves underneath him. And then there was the concept of the National Covenant and it was in our Pledge of Allegiance. It is in our pledge of Allegiance, one nation under God. There would be the assumption that if this nation would be undivided, if it would be one, if it would be jam packed with liberty and justice for every citizen, then it would have to be covenant id underneath God, let me put it another way. The assumption wasif God, with not a part of the equation, then unity would be in trouble. Liberty would be in trouble and justice would be in trouble because the relationship to God was that as it ought to be, a Cabinet is a divinely created relational bond. It’s an agreement that one of those four entities, all four, agreed to be covered by God because a covenant is designed to cover it is incumbent upon Christians to first and formals ascribed themselves not to a political party, but to the super intending governance of God through civil government. It is to the degree that we operate under this umbrella under this alignment with God. When it comes to your voting and your participation in the politics of the day, whether you lean Democrat or Republican, it is your kingdom centred nous because you’re covenant. Aly aligned that should influence, guide and govern your boat. The Bible makes it clear in Romans Chapter 13, Verse one, which says this every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except God, and those which exists are established by God. Therefore, whoever resist authority has opposed the ordinance of God and they who have a poles that were received condemnation upon themselves. Okay, I hope you caught that. If you want the right kind of government, God must be in the equation. Let me put it another way. The further you remove God’s person and God’s policies because the latter fall believing God person who ignore his policies. Then you have removed yourself from the place of blessing and covering as a nation. Or, to put it another way, the further you remove God’s person and policies from what a government please, how our government operates the character of the leaders who make up that government. Then you have removed yourself from divine blessing. No matter how much you pray you, no matter how much you use his the God word, he says, then you have messed with God’s authority and you’ve messed with God’s on its The Bible is pregnant with politics, from Genesis to revelation. You see God all up in politics, setting up governments, taking down governments, giving laws, judging lawbreakers. He’s all up in politics and nations. He makes it a comprehensive statement, He says. All authorities plural. That means you’re mayor of your City Council. That means your state Legislature. That means your governor. That means your House of Representatives. That means you sent it. That means you’re president. All authorities, to the degree that they are aligned with God’s person in God’s policies, is to the degree you will have a unified nation, a free, late, free nation, a just nation, and the righteous nation, conversely, to the degree you’re unaligned is to the degree that chaos will replace order. The biblical role of civil government, as outlined in Romans 13, is to maintain a safe, just righteous and compassionately responsible environment for freedom to flourish. You cannot remove God’s perspective from government and have an audit society. It will either become a chaotic environment. It will become anarchy. It will become oppressive. It will become so free that there no standards. I mean it will go all over the place because there is no super intending standard by which you’re measuring how you approach the concept of voting. Now people, when they hear that get a little nervous because they say, Evans, are you purporting a theocracy? Well, let me explain something. You’re too late. The Bible declares that the world is already of theocracy because the Bible declares that God rules overall. In fact, some 22 28 says the kingdom is the Lord’s and he rules over the nation’s. So God is already rolling over everything. What all the concern you is in ecclesial Chrissy that is where particular religion or ah, particular faith governs the society. But you cannot have God removed and having ordered society, because then you wind up with home ocracy. That is where man is seeking to replace God in the name of government. So I want you to get this perspective. Leave God out. Government is in trouble. Sort of citizen jury is in trouble. Bring got in policies in person. Then you have a much mawr ordered environment in which to live and fulfil the role of safety, justice, righteousness and compassion, all working together to help a hurting nation like ours right now. Now the idea of government is to mirror or to reflect the image of God for the well being of society. Romans, Chapter one verses 18 to 32 he says, because they no longer wanted to retain the knowledge of God. They they didn’t want that and what his perspective anymore God released them, turned them over. And he allowed decay to enter their world in their society. If you’re tired of decay as a kingdom voted as a representative of the cane, that means you’re going to take seriously this responsibility to vote God back in and his perspective, which means your whole rulers accountable, whether the Democrats or Republicans, to his perspective, on whatever the issue is, Dr Evans will be right back after this important announcement. Imagine the thrill of walking down the same streets, listening to the sounds of joy and laughter touching the walls of an ancient city. Can you feel it? That’s the power of the place where Jesus lived. Guide and Rose again discover Israel with Tony Evans, Visit Tony Evans start or to learn more. But as long as the evil one can keep us illegitimately divided by making us more Democrats in Christian or more Republican than Christian. Make our alliances mawr to home ocracy than the rule of God. Then we are aiding and abetting the deterioration and the destruction of the culture. Now in our Syrians will get to some of the specific issues. But I want you to get this framework because I want you to be a kingdom in dependent. What I’m saying to you is, government is not only a political enterprise, it is a sacred enterprise. Because it involves God. It is a spiritually enterprise. What discourages me is when the spiritualist brought up people get offended. They don’t want to hear. When you bring what God says about justice or brutality or race or life, they start going in to my I think I feel or my opinion is No. You don’t get to have an opinion that disagrees with God. You you You may have it, but you need to switch it, change it because if government belongs to God, you better get his opinion and adjust your opinion. Now you have a framework. You’re going to be a kingdom voter. Then you’re going to partner with God in your vote and his definition of civil government to maintain a safe, just righteous and compassionately responsible environment for freedom to flourish. You know, he talks about the Ordinance of God in verse two, in other words, got his rules right. The Ordinance of God. You don’t make up rules even when it comes to government, you find out his roles and you obey those ordinances, those governing guidelines. That’s why the Pledge of Allegiance and the idea of America is so great because it recognised that there are inalienable rights given by the creator that belongs to all men, and that if we under guard, we benefit from that. This country said it was God’s house. He said. One nation under God said, We won’t be God’s house. You’re gonna be God’s house. Then that matter what everybody else says. If the head of the house has spoken on any given subject and so God is calling a nation of citizens to recognise his rules, he goes on the same for rulers. Verse three. I’m not a cause for fear for good behaviour, but for Abel, that safety. But that’s also righteousness, he says. there’s good behaviour, there’s better behaviour. Well, now wait a minute. If there’s good behaviour and bad behaviour, who’s defining was good with better, because once everybody gets to define it as they think it is, then you could have competing definitions of goodness. Good is because God says it’s good bad. It’s because God says his bet. That’s why The 10 Commandments without Sheldon, not he was giving a standard of good in bed. That’s why we have laws to give a standard of good and bad. He says that those ordinances come from God. The Bible says in Deuteronomy for eight, that nations became great because they follow God’s righteous laws. If we’re going to experience helping healing in our country, then your vote has to vote for God’s way, whether you vote or Democrat or Republican, because once you come out the both you’re only going to follow God’s prescription as we will see defined as we go along. So he calls those who are in power, the political leaders verse for for it is a minister, referring to the rulers of God to you for good. But if you do what is he will be afraid for does not bear the sword for nothing, For it is a minister of God, an Avenger who brings wrath on the one who practises evil. Guess when he calls a civil leader a minister. I know we think of ministers as preachers, right? The person behind the pulpit and that that is a minister. In fact, every Christian is called to be a minister on some level. But he calls now civil servants, ministers, and not only call the ministry cause of ministers of God. Now we know in the ministry you can have a bad minister and you could have a good minister. They still given the title minister. But that don’t mean a good ministers. It just means they hold the position of Minister. The job of Christians is to call them into account personally and policy wise to be good ministers, you know, just pick policy and skip person, you know, just get person and grand policy because the ordinances are in the hands of the Minister and the minister is a person. He says their ruler. You call for both. Some people talk about policy. Some people talk about person. No, If you’re gonna be a minister of God. You supposed to be a good one in both categories, he says. They are to represent God in good, he says. They don’t bear the sword in vain. Why? Because you want a safe, just and righteous environment. Because freedom care flourish. If there is no safety, if there is no righteousness and if there is no just justice. And so he calls on them to hold and administer a standard of righteousness. In fact, first time with the 22 says to pray for your leaders. Pray for your politicians that they may create an environment of peace. And so we are to hold our leaders accountable for the peaceful ness of the environment in which we live. So what’s our standard? What are we going to use to judge it? Is it Is that what I think, how I feel, how was raised? What I prefer? You got Democrats, you’ve got Republicans, you got libertarians. You’ve got this issue that issue to parts of the same issue. You’ve got police, you’ve got community. You’ve got arguments coming at both sides. You’ve got this politician, that politician, and it’s coming at us, and sometimes you don’t know which were you in your flattery, Why like this over here? But I don’t like that over there like this aware. And I don’t like that over there, and you could wind up being totally confused. So you need a tool, Something to help you discriminate. While the muck and mire of the confusion as you consider who you’re going to vote for, you need a tool. That, too, has to be the divine standard on each issue. Your first question? It is not who you gonna vote for. That’s a secondary question. I know. So when we talk about the first question is, Who does God want me to vote for now, based on the issues, every question. Still, what about the same? But they should ask the same question because your kingdom independent. What’s the tool? What’s the What’s the Scripture saying about the issue? And you go to that first, you don’t get mad. If the scripture says something other than you think or believe, you’re from yourself to the sovereignty of God because he rules the nations and I love Proverbs. 8 15, he says, Buy me King’s reign by making drinks. So if you want to if you want a king The role, right? Ah, politician role correct. So they gotta roll by me. I set the standard government is to execute safety. Clesius sees a 11 says this just execution of safety should be done quickly so that people do not have to live in fear. It must be done justly, however. Oh, but then it says in chapter 12 hours 19. When government does this, you cannot take personal retribution. He says that So this principle of government, God’s covered everything. There is not one issue in government that you can come up with to which God has not given a precept or a principle to govern how you should be that issue. And if on Lee, Christians would vote with that world covenant all worldview in mind, the Bible says in Isaiah, chapter 5, 20 and 21 that when people call good evil and evil good and they get this thing all mixed up, then it says that confusion comes and people are discombobulated. Isaiah, Chapter eight, Verse 20 says if you if you bypassed God’s rule, you don’t have the dawn, another where you can’t see straight and I think there’s a lot of blindness today, all around both parties on the police, that all the citizens side everywhere there’s blindness. Why? Because people have not decided to keep God in government, which is what the Scripture says you must do. Therefore, he says, it is necessary to be in subjection not only because of wrath but also for conscience sake. God must be included in government in order to have government functioning the way God designed it to function, to promote the good, to keep evil from proliferating and let him decide what’s good and what’s not good. So I’m 72 11. I love this verse, says he wants all leaders and all nations to serve him a kingdom voter brings a biblical worldview to the ballot box, a kingdom voter vote for the person and the policies that will best advance the Kingdom of God and the definition of civil government that I have articulated for you today. That’s what kingdom of voting is all about now that will affect your view of justice that will affect your view of discrimination that will affect your view of abortion. Yes, that will affect your view of marriage. Yes, that will affect your your your view of taxation. All of that, because, God, guess what God’s got a view on. All that you don’t have here has more on the view. We has a rule, the view, and I would take this role seriously. Then Christians could lead the way because, you know, as you’ve heard me say, Christians are one of the major problems because we we haven’t been kingdom minded. We’ve been more cultural minded and political party minded that we have not set the stage, and so we have contributed to the chaos greatly. But now is the time, in the midst of the chaos that we can step forward and set a new temperature. In Genesis, Chapter 11, the first man vs God let there be confusion in the land because they want it society without him and the Bible says. And so there was confusion. You leave him out of your vote of our votes on person and policy. There will be more confusion in the land, and we’re the ones who have what God thinks. What we’ve done is we’ve allowed our own identities on race is our own preferences to keep us from taking a comprehensive state on righteousness, injustice in the life of our society. So you remove being under God way we move, being under God, we will discover we are a nation gone under. We remove under God in practise, we will be a nation gone under. You’re saying it is right before your eyes. But God has given us a brief opportunity to turn this thing around. If we will operate as a nation covenant. Aly, his kingdom voters, you know, it reminds me of how we view God. We hold him in high esteem. In God we trust. It’s only money. One nation on the guard. Is it our pledge of Allegiance? In our declaration of independence, we say by our creator we begin political events within vocations. We close them with benedictions. He is held in high esteem. But when it comes to how the nation operates, and often how Christians vote, he has no cloud at all. We could care less what he thinks, what he says and how he feels about it. Because this is how I feel and what I think we’ll keep him in position because we’re going to church we’ll sing our songs. We’ll waive our head in the air like we just don’t care. We’ll give him a position while ripping him a pal. If you and I want to see your nation healed and helped, then we must not extract God from government. That should be manifested in your thinking as you go into the voting booth. The Bible makes it clear that God is the author of government. The government was established by God to bring his perspective to the ordering of society. The biblical definition of civil government is to maintain a safe, just righteous and compassionately responsible environment for freedom to flourish. This government perspective, God has established leaders to implement, as his ministers as those were acting with his behalf to fulfil that definition, The closer a government is to God’s person and principles, the more ordered society will be. The further government is from God’s person and principles, the more chaos society will have. This is why it is critical that we have government and governmental leaders who not only believe in God but want to reflect his principles in society.

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Tony Evans Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative and...

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