I love a quote I heard over the radio from the late Dr. Adrian Rogers, former pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, in which he asked, "Would God ordain civil government for His people and then tell His people not to get involved?"
Any minimally studied Jew or Christian knows it was God who ordained civil government. As documented in the first five books of the Bible, God established the religious, moral and civil laws for social order and society's benefit.
In His sovereignty, God oversees all matters of law, but He has allowed mankind some participation in the process. Initially, priests and judges were men ordained among by God to govern people. Moral laws were adjudicated by both priests and judges, while civil matters were the strict responsibility of the judges (Lev. 19:15, Deut. 16:18-19).
Religious ceremonial matters were that of the priests. The natural and spiritual laws remain in God's direct control.
The New Testament refers to Christians as kings and priests—both governmental terms. Clearly, we have a place in God's plan for government on earth today. Failure to take our rightful place will cause us to miss out on God's best for our lives on earth. Read more to learn your role in God's plan today.
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