Towards a Righteous and Just Government

The Bible is very clear on the importance of governments to the moves of God on the earth. Consider this quote from the Book of Romans, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment” (Romans 13:1‭-‬2 ESV). Everyone is instructed to submit to governing authorities. In fact, according to Romans 13:4, rulers are God’s servants. A special kind of servant; an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Why then, do Christians avoid playing a role in government? Why do we think governance is dirty?

Christians are skeptical about governments and government agents because they represent the systems of the world. This idea is an expression of the mindset that the current world is dominated by corrupt and greedy people. And the government is packed with the worst of the bunch. However, this is not true. God establishes and overthrows governments. God has the power and authority over any earthly government. That is why the watchman must pay attention to the governance and strength of institutions available in their world. They are some of the most powerful tools available for the workings of the purpose of God on the earth.

God has designs for providing visionary leadership and strong governance for your world. What do you think would happen to the world if we made disciples of every nation as instructed by Jesus? If you made enough disciples, you would dominate the systems of your world. Dominating the system of your world with good values would mean there is little evil to be punished in your world. And so, God would institute a righteous and just government to establish a prosperous society. We must understand governments as a reflection of our society. The society we have determines the kind of government and authorities God will place over us. We can work towards a righteous government.

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