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The Christian Under Human Government (2)

The Christian Under Human Government (2) details logo The LORD is near - Friday, September 17, 2021
by Jacob Redekop, Brian Reynolds, John van Dijk, Eugene P. Vedder Jr
The Christian Under Human Government (2)

“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” … They marveled, and left Him and went their way.
Matthew 22:21-22

The Christian Under Human Government (2)
A scientist from a country with a very large population attended a conference in the West. He said something like this: “In the country I come from, one can oppose Darwin’s evolutionism but cannot speak out against the government. In your country, however, one can freely speak against the government, but not against evolutionism.” Defying Darwinism leads to negative publicity, even losing one’s job or funding needed for a project.

After Noah’s Flood, God instituted human government, with rules for humanity’s well-being and for God’s honor. This included the death penalty for murder—instituted to respect God and His creation (Gen. 9:1-7). These rules are still valid, despite adverse opinions and the enemy’s opposition. Christ’s coming reign will enforce these rules, even the death penalty. That realm will see four basics, called Noahic laws, fully implemented: no idolatry, no fornication, no eating of blood, and no eating of meat from strangled animals (Acts 15:29).

The ruler God established after the flood was not able to govern himself. Lacking self-control, Noah got drunk, which left him in an unseemly condition (Gen. 9:21). Since then, people have not been able to carry out God’s instructions, or are unwilling (Eccl. 7:29). In today’s verse, the Lord Jesus confirmed the God-given authority of government, while maintaining God’s rights. As Christians, we cannot say that we have nothing to do with the government, even though it is true that we belong to another world. As long as we live in this world, we must honor the authorities placed over us. At the same time, we should never neglect God’s rights. May the Lord help us to be faithful in both realms, for His honor!

Alfred E. Bouter


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