feast: God and Government


Given 03-Oct-20; 68 minutes

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Government has been the most divisive subject since the beginning of history. The American government, though not perfect, has facilitated a peaceful transition of administrations and legislators over the decades. Government run by carnally minded men will never work, but signatories of the New Covenant, having God's law deeply within their minds, can make any form of government work. As long as the subjects acknowledge the sovereignty of God, any form of government structure is viable. Types of governments God used to move His plan forward include 1.) the patriarchy of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, 2.) the theocracy of Moses, 3.) the stratocracy of Joshua, 4.) the anarchy of the period of the Judges, 5.) the monarchy of David (et al.) 6.) the imperial governorship of Nehemiah and 7.) the Pastors of Christ's flock (I Peter 5:14). The New Testament does not stress a particular organizational form, but the pastoral attitude of the leadership (Ephesians 4:11-13). Many incorrectly understand church offices as ranks rather than gifts or tools God gives to leaders to assist His people in their spiritual growth. Governmental structure will work if the players have a Christ-like attitude and will fail if they have a carnal attitude. If all members of God's flock, from shepherd to individual members, remain faithful to Christ, acknowledging Him as sovereign and holy (Psalm 99), any form of organizational structure is viable.

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