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God and Government: The Myth of Neutrality, Part 3

September 15, 2014

Grace to you! So far we have seen that it is impossible for governments to be religiously neutral. Everyone, including government, has to answer the big questions of life and these questions are inherently religious.

Unfortunately, the Pietist movement has deeply affected the modern church. Pietism was more focused on religious experience than doctrinal content and systematic theology. This was contrary to the Reformers who saw the bible as a whole life system of thought. The Reformers saw that scripture, although it may not have spoken extensively about every subject, nevertheless gave the proper framework and context of understanding and developing all other areas of life including government.

The effects of Pietism we see today are that most Christians view the bible as a ‘salvation only’ book. The bible is seen as good for only getting a person saved and instructive on living the Christian experience. Forgotten is how the bible also talks about the principles of economics, law, justice, history, and government among others. It seems many Christians just go along with whatever their society dishes out to them without thinking about the infrastructure of ideas their lives or the lives of their neighbors are placed upon. What’s the consequence of not asking what the bible says about all of reality? “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3) Bad foundations, no matter how religiously pious one is in their experience, will not be good for the church or society. In short, you can build nice walls and a great roof, but if the foundation of the house is bad, the whole house will one day crumble.

Psalm 2 is an interesting passage to consider. Notice who it is written to: “Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the LORD with reverence and rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!” (Psalm 2:10-12) Although some Christians may not think of how the bible speaks to all of life, God most certainly requires governments and their leaders to be submissive to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The history of nations is ultimately what they do in response to the Son of God, whether they submit to Him and His law or they perish in the way.

How long will the modern church divorce the scriptures from directing us in all of life, including government policy? Why call Jesus “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16) if He’s not the one to whom all leaders and governments must pay allegiance to? Why would Christ be given this title if it had zero political ramifications?! To accept the idea that governments can be religiously neutral is to agree to allow your government to worship man or a plethora of other false gods. Let’s honor the true King of all, the Lord Jesus Christ!

 

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