Getting it Right with Government (15)

 Conclusion

The Lord was pleased for His righteousness’ sake to make the law great and glorious. But this is a people robbed and spoiled; all of them are trapped in caves, or are hidden away in prisons; they have become a prey with none to deliver them, and a spoil, with none to say, “Give them back!” Who among you will give ear to this? Who will give heed and listen hereafter? Who gave Jacob up for spoil, and Israel to plunderers? Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned, and in whose ways they were not willing to walk, and whose law they did not obey? (Isa.42:21-24)

We Christians are obligated to commence our thoughts about government using the Bible. We cannot and must not commence with human thinking, for that is humanism. And it has been humanism that has plagued us since the Garden.

For the scripture tells us concerning the blessed man, that “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2).

Concerning Jesus Christ, the scripture predicts that “the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And He will delight in the fear of the Lord, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear” (Isa.11:1-3).

At the heart of humanistic and evolutionary thought is the rejection of scripture. Christians must therefore, understand that we must be faithful to scripture as it applies to all things, including government. What humanism doesn’t reject from scripture, it waters down.

We have seen from I Samuel 8 that the Saviour State is really the Slavery State. Having departed from scripture, it could never be anything else. It was in Samuel’s day, and it is no different in the modern era.

And its pretensions are unlimited. The Saviour State demands at a minimum the tithe, which only God Himself could legitimately command from a people. And it has commonly required 3-4 times this amount, because the gods of humanism require so much to get their jobs done.

When the civil government assumed the right to a ten percent income tax, it was absolute, unimaginable tyranny equivalent to outright slavery. For when the civil ruler assumes the right to extract as much as God Himself demands, then the civil government is exalting itself above God. The civil ruler is then essentially saying that his work is more important than the work of God Himself. Thus, while there is no explicit number in Scripture for civil taxes, Samuel certainly indicates that 10% has far exceeded the maximum for a free society. At this point, don’t call it taxation, call it slavery to the State.

And all of this is an indictment and a judgement upon the people of God. God Himself has given us over to this, due to our failure to take His Word to heart and obey it.  Our problem therefore, has not been the wicked humanists in Parliaments or other places of political power, but humanistic wickedness in the church, so that the law of God (which James called “the law of liberty”- James 1:25) has been systematically discarded as an unclean thing, for many generations.

There is no escaping this. We in the church can play games of evasion till the cows come home, but it won’t do us any good. What will be required is our return to the law of God as a basis for ethics, including the ethics of government.

Let me give you this example. God gave Israel the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, then in the next three chapters and in other passages, He elaborated and built upon on those commandments, dealing with the fundamental laws of a godly society, in any era. We’re talking here about the proper response to murder (Ex.21:12), the proper respect towards parents (Ex.21:15), kidnap (Ex.21:16), restitution for the injured (Ex.21:18-19), compensation for miscarriage through fighting (and by implication, abortion- Ex.21:22), use of dangerous animals (Ex.21:28-32), workplace health and safety (Ex.21:33-34), laws of theft (Ex.22:1), home invasion (Ex.22:2-4), compensation for damage incurred through an accident (Ex.22:5-6), borrowing and breach of trust (Ex.22:7-15), the use of the dowry and restitution for seduction (Ex.22:16-17), prohibitions of sorcery (Ex.22:18), and bestiality (Ex.22:19), the treatment of  immigrants (Ex.22:21), widows and orphans (Ex.22:22-24), rules about lending to the poor (Ex.22:25-27), the payment of offerings (Ex.22:29-30), and personal holiness (Ex.22:31). And that’s just two chapters.

Proverbs continues to emphasise this. “He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of conduct will die” (Prov.19:16). “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive with them” (Prov.28:4). “He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father” (Prov.28:7). “He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, even his prayer is an abomination” (Prov.28:9).

You didn’t really think that these laws were relevant today? Jesus said to us,

Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfil. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished (Mat.5:17-18).

Conclusion:

The church really can and will get it right with government. But it won’t be able to, without a complete and systematic return to the law of God, as a basis for all of our behaviour. This will require courageous leadership, and the persistence of the people of God, as the church is re-educated and reformed.

Psalm 110 promises that this will take place amongst God’s people. For

Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power; in holy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to you as the dew (Ps.110:3).

Isn’t this what you’d want to be part of?

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