God’s church is built on Peter’s statement from Matthew 16:16, “You are the Messiah the Son of the living God.” Verse 17 says “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Notice that he says “gates of Hades”. What are gates used as? A defensive measure. Many think that Christianity is on the defensive, however unless Satan is pounding on our walls with a huge gate, this verse suggests that Christianity is on the offensive. Early America was very Christian. So Christian, that even those that didn’t believe in God looked at the world through a Christian’s eyes. When we started to think that we were on the defensive we held up in our own little fort. As a Christian our goal is to spread the word, not stay in our own little world.
Getting back to government principles let’s talk about power and authority. What is power? Power is the ability to make something happen. Power can be used for good and evil. Same applies to government power. Authority is what helps us regulate power. And looking closer at the word authority, the main word in it is author. Authority has an author. And the main authority in the government is God. Authority must be tied to justice. Authority must be knowable. Authority must have checks and balances. And the Author defines the use. Behind every source of law is God. So when you choose your source of authority you are choosing your God. If you believe the people should have authority, the people are your God.
What is government? George Washington once said “Government is force.” The government can also be described as a fire. It can be useful and dangerous. Just in the 19th century more people have died from governments than from WWI & WWII combined. And we’re not talking about war. We’re talking about the government killing people for their beliefs.
Now let’s talk about forms of government. Not biblical forms of government. There are five types of government. There’s
- Monarchy- ruled by one
- Oligarchy- ruled by few
- Democracy- ruled by the Majority or their elected officials
- Republic- ruled by laws
- Anarchy- ruled by no-one
Monarchy’s don’t tend to last long because everybody’s trying to get the throne. Often what happens is the Monarchy turns into an Oligarchy, a small group of people. If you look at history an you see that there were a lot of kings and dictators and you wonder how they lasted so long? That’s because Oligarchy’s often put out figureheads to represent them. Democracy’s also with time become Oligarchy’s. Because if the majority elects a few officials those few officials will end up ruling. Republics will turn into Democracy’s with time because it really depends who makes the laws. So if the people make the laws it turns into a democracy. And Anarchy’s will turn into either turn into Monarchy’s or Oligarchy’s. This happens because terrorist groups start terrorizing the nation. And in turn the people start to give a lot of power to the government to try and protect them. However the people then start to hate the government because of all the power it has. Then to stop the mayhem they turn to the people who are terrorizing them to stop terrorizing them. It’s a mouthful. That was the case with Hitler. Before his reign terrorist attacks spread out through Germany. And everything above happened. In the end they elected Hitler, who actually turned out to be the leader of the terrorist group.