Let us hear the words of Proverbs 4:17: “Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know to understand. For I give you good doctrine, do not forsake my law. For I was my father’s son, He taught me also, and said to me, ‘Let your heart retain my words: keep my commandments and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: do not forget it; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she shall preserve you: love her, and she shall keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.’”
These are truly wise words, and since the fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom, we need to go to God’s Word to find true wisdom. Any other “wisdom” is no wisdom.
Let us continue with our series on Christian or Secular Worldview, and I pray you have learned some valuable things about what the Bible has to say about important subjects in our day. The principles in God’s Word are timeless and apply to us today.
Law and Politics
Today, we are looking at the subjects of law and politics. Many people, even Christians, say religion and politics do not mix. They have nothing to do with each other. Once again, ignorance of God’s Word leads to these statements. God said, “When the righteous rule, the people rejoice” (Prov. 29:2). How are the righteous ever going to rule, if no righteous people get involved in politics? Romans 13 says that God ordained the government. Now, if God ordained government, then He certainly ordained the art of governing, which is the definition of politics!
Besides, if you do not think the beliefs of Secular Humanist and Marxists which are based on atheism and evolution are affecting their political decisions, then you are ignorant.
You see, almost everyone bases one’s politics on one’s religion. The only difference is what religion you hold to. Do you worship man, or do you worship the true living God?
Now, please listen, God does not necessarily approve of every single individual government, nor their leaders. North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc. are obviously not governments in submission to God. How do we know this? We know it because, in these governments, Bibles are outlawed, Churches destroyed, and Christians murdered or imprisoned just for being Christian. The government of Nigeria is gradually tilting toward that direction. I do not care what some people might think or say, evidence on the ground shows clearly that the present government in Nigeria is not God-ordained. Wicked governments and leaders, like Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar in the Book of Daniel, will sooner or later face King Jesus. God ordains government as a whole, as opposed to chaos and anarchy; however, not all governments are based on a reverence for God and His laws.
God has also laid down laws that transcend man. The Bible is the chief source of knowledge concerning what is right and wrong. God’s moral law is unchanging and eternal. Now, ceremonial, dietary, and other such laws in the Bible must be understood in context, pertaining to certain people groups at certain times in history. Also, how these rules were enforced must be understood the same way.
However, God’s righteousness, morality, and justice are eternal. For instance, stoning a foul-mouthed child or an adulterer was the legal prescription under the Mosaic Law. As Christians, we are not under the Law of Moses, but God’s moral law has not changed. He still wants a child to talk respectfully, and for both husband and wife to keep their marriage vows.
- Secular Humanist and Marxist believe in legal positivism or positive law. It says that the state is the ultimate authority in creating and enforcing the law. Since it is rooted in atheism and evolution, there is no “Law of God” to follow. Whatever man (the state) says is right or wrong, is right or wrong. This is exactly what the Old Serpent promised Eve and her husband Adam. This is the opposite of Christian law, which says there are two laws: the Law of Nature and Nature’s God. There is Natural law, the conscience of man, and functions of creation (Rom 2); and there is Divine law, the written laws of God in the Scriptures (Isa 33:22). Individuals and governments are to obey them. If the state passes laws that are against God’s laws, the state is wrong and must not be obeyed by Christians, the children of the Most High God (Acts 5:29). If God’s law says thou shalt, not murder, and the state says it is legal to murder the innocent unborn, then the state is wrong, and in rebellion against God.
Humanist politics focuses on bringing about Globalism, and Humanists are typically big supporters of and participants in the United Nations. This is why they constantly want to undermine the sovereignty of the United States of America.
Marxist politics focuses on bringing about a Communist new world order through dictatorships – the perfect utopian golden age when communism rules the world. Does not that sound like heaven on earth? God made His view of one-world government clear in Genesis 11:1-9. He does not want it. We also see in Acts 17:26 that God has decreed the history and boundaries for all of the nations (see also Deut. 32:8).
God has given us the right to life and freedom. The government is supposed to preserve that for us, not to take it away from us. When God says thou shalt, not murder, kidnap, or steal, it is to protect the right to life, freedom, and property.
The Christian in politics should always reflect his devotion to Jesus Christ and to His Word. Too often Christians vote for someone out of a personal gain they may receive, or they do not vote at all. I still maintain that any Christian in support of the present tyrannical government in Nigeria is not following the biblical injunction. *This government is not just anti-Christian, it is also anti-Christ.* All anti-Christ governments in the world must be rejected by Christians no matter how humanist they might look like.
The great commission is to the entire world. The Christians in governance should practice the Great Commission in all aspects of their governance.
If you think politics is “dirty”, it is because the righteous have abandoned the ship.
Shame on the Christians in this country who let the wicked rule, and will not lift a finger to help put a righteous man into the office! To whom much is given, much is required! If you are a Christian in North Korea, you have an excuse – but you do not have any excuses in this country. Do not just hide and pray; do something in Jesus’ Name!
By Daniel Sopuru
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