Do Christians Need Government?

Government was instituted by God to bring His laws to people and to carry out His will and purposes. In the Old Testament, government maintained the place of worship, provided judges to decide civil cases between the people, restrained and punished lawbreakers, and mobilized the nation for action against external enemies.

The first government was a theocracy, where God dealt directly with the people. When God was in charge of things, no other government was necessary.

He worked through the family, clan, or tribe. The father or patriarch acted as the agent of God for the rest of the family.

During the period of the judges the people became rebellious, and clear direction from God was lacking. Both religious and civil life became confused, and “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6, Judges 21:25).

At the close of the period of the judges, God raised up Samuel, who was both a prophet and a judge. At that time, the formal religious life of the country was under the direction of the high priest. During Samuel’s administration, the people asked for a king, and God gave them a monarchy which rose to its height during the reign of David and his son Solomon (1 Samuel 8:4-5, 1 Samuel 19-20, 1 Kings 9:3-5, 1 Kings 10:23).

When the perfect government is established during the Millennium, Jesus Christ will combine in Himself the offices of prophet, priest, and king.

This will be a perfect theocracy, made possible because the perfect law of God will be universally accepted by all mankind, and “the earth shall be full of knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). Perfect government comes from God and is controlled by God.

Short of that, the next best government is a limited democracy in which the people acknowledge rights given by God but voluntarily grant government limited power to do those things the people cannot do individually. Contrast these forms of government with Communism, which maintains that the dictatorship of the proletariat is supreme and an essential evolution of history; that God does not exist; and that citizens have only those privileges granted by the state.

4 thoughts on “Do Christians Need Government?

  1. Mark V

    A democratic republic is the next best, as it is a nation of laws. America was established not to give sole power to democracy where the power of a majority mob rules. This is why we have equal representation from states in the form of the electorial college; otherwise, New York and California would have destroyed this nation decades ago. American leadership has departed from God whose founding principles were based on God’s holy word.

    1. Mike

      God had nothing to do with government evolution. IT was the result of changes in migratory behavior. As hunter/gatherers stopped migrating and established towns, they also developed methods of managing their new environment. An elder was probably selected to govern and from that came a need for protection, thus armies, and a need to establish rules and regulations. That common sense is the basis of the ten commandments, that also became the basis for local laws. It had nothing to do with any gods, except, perhaps in Rome and Greece and misc. Muslim countries where religious brainwashing had been the rule for centuries.

      1. Mark V

        “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.” Dan. 2:20-21 “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and the people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.” John 3:19-20

  2. Tom

    Anyone who says he or she is a Christian and also says he or she does not need government is either a beginner Christian that has not studied the scriptures, or a fake/proud Christian. Romans Chapters 12-13 do a great job at describing the role of government, creator of government, and why we need government. Bottom line, God created government. God wants us to be under authority to keep us good as well as get used to it before going to heaven. God ordains governments and rulers and he wants us to listen and be accountable to them no matter which party is in – we are to view who is power as God’s choice (freakin makes me wonder what he saw in Trump). LOL


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