Christians in Parliament (VIII)

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. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this (Isa.9:6-7).

This Messianic promise given through Isaiah, some 700 years before Christ, began to have its fulfilment at the birth of Jesus Christ. It contains some of the definitions of godly government: a government of peace, upheld with justice and righteousness.

It is important to recognise that almost everyone believes in these terms. Peace, justice and righteousness are laudable ideals for all people. But here’s the problem. Humanists want to re-define the terms according to their own definitions, while those of the Islamic faith want to re-define them too, according to their own.

What’s to be done?

We have to stay within Biblical guidelines, being governed by God’s law. The Bible tells us that “…Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne” (Ps.97:2). We have to let Biblical standards guide us, or suffer the consequences. We are suffering those, today.

Let’s be blunt. Murder is a capital crime according to scripture, punishable by death. There are no exceptions. This originated in Noah’s day, and is reaffirmed in the Mosaic law. God said to Noah,

Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man (Gen.9:6).

Murder is the deliberate taking of an innocent life. The abortionist is a murderer, because that’s exactly what an abortionist does, even when it’s in a hospital. The woman who asks for an abortion, is a murderer too. Western governments today sanction the murder of babies in the womb, in the same way that Pharoah ordered the Hebrew babies to be murdered in Moses’ era (Ex.1:15-22), and the Nazis sanctioned the killing of Jews, 70 years ago. Thus our nations are no less guilty before God, today.

Dropping bombs on civilians or machine-gunning them is murder. They are innocent people, not engaged in warfare, and as such are to be protected from harm. There are US Presidents alive today, who could and should be charged with murder. Innocent people perished because of their orders. We might find the brash, abusive and unwarranted invasions and attacks around the world suddenly stopped, and people were left alone.

No one is exempt from Biblical law, including kings and political leaders: “The same law shall apply to the native as to the stranger who sojourns among you” (Ex.12:49).

Humanistic law structures since before Pharoah, have been always authoritarian, oppressive and abusive. As nations have turned from God, that is how their law structures have deteriorated. Consider France today, 225 years after the French Revolution. That was an evil and oppressive revolution that quickly degenerated into a blood-bath. France’s biggest earners today pay 85% tax. You earned $1 million last year? Pay $850,000 in taxation. Could you blame the big earners of France for leaving?

Every society that rejects God’s law degenerates into oppression, and while that nation refuses to repent, it worsens every generation.

Why? Because the spiritual, social and legal seeds of regeneration, found in God and His law, are consistently rejected; thus there is no possibility for real improvement. The scripture says that “You rebuke the arrogant, the cursed, who wander from Your commandments” (Ps.119:21).

Conclusion:

When the church takes God’s law seriously again, and His law is taught in church as being godly, normal and best for society, rather than abnormal, we will begin to make progress- we’ll begin to have authority in the nations of the world.

But all that takes time, faithfulness and obedience, beginning in the church. The church will have to take Biblical law seriously, as the Psalmist did:

I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts. I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings and shall not be ashamed (Ps.119:45-46).

Is that what you’re ready for?

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