Did God overlook Government?
Christians have varying opinions about the role of government. Some Christians are generally concerned about government, although more and more Christians seem to believe that God is not all that interested in government. It seems as though there is a prevailing thought growing in the church that government doesn’t really matter. It’s likely that there are many reasons for that line of thinking among believers.
It may be that Christians don’t believe they have time for being concerned with government. It’s possible that some Christians feel like they have no voice or that it doesn’t do any good to care. There are some that believe Jesus is going to return soon, so our government doesn’t really matter. Christians give various reasons for not caring about government and some of those include the following…
- Christians shouldn’t be involved in government, because Jesus didn’t participate in politics while He was on earth.
- Jesus said that His kingdom is not of this world.
- All Christians should do is share the gospel.
God Established Government
The Bible clearly demonstrates that government is important to God. Romans 13:1 tells us that “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” Believers are subject to their governing authorities second only to God. Government was established by God and there is a specific purpose for government.
We learn in Romans 13:4 that government’s purpose is for our welfare, “…for it is a minister of God to you for good”. Good is not an arbitrary word that changes meaning based on whatever the government or the people decide. Good is what God considers good. God can work all things to His glory, but that doesn’t mean that whatever government does is good. Corrupt government is in opposition to God’s Word. He clearly established government for our good and not for evil.
God cares about government because He established it for His creation. He is the king of kings. “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6
But why should I care?
As Christians we have compartmentalized government into a box that we prefer to push aside. Instead, maybe we should make time for government since God did. Jesus told us that He will return, but He didn’t tell us when that would be. “But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” Mark 13:32
During His time on earth Jesus constantly talked about His kingdom, which is the only perfect government. Is it possible that the reason Jesus didn’t become an earthly king was because He was already king? By not setting up an earthly throne Jesus allowed free will for mankind to follow His standards for government. Maybe it was less about Jesus not being concerned with politics and more about His desire to give us a chance to honor him with our lives in government.
God never told believers to only share the gospel. He certainly told us to share the gospel, but since when does sharing the gospel mean avoiding an interest in government? Believers should be encouraged to share the gospel verbally and let God’s light shine through good works that He has prepared for us. The bible demonstrates that sharing the gospel with others is what believers should be focused on more than anything else, but that should never exclude caring about standards that God established. Christians should live out the Christian walk in government and politics instead of avoiding or ignoring them. Scripture tells believers to pray for our leaders. We should pray that our leaders will know and obey God.
How high of a priority is government to you? Is it something that you value or care about?