Thursday, May 2, 2013
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Timothy 2:1,2 KJV).
If ever our government needed prayer, today would be the day!
When the Lord Jesus Christ placed Adam on the earth, man occupied an office of government for his Creator’s glory: “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28). Not long after that, Satan (one of God’s fallen spiritual angelic-like creatures) enticed Adam to follow him in his rebellion against God’s authority. Adam willingly joined that policy of evil; today, Satan is “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4)—he has usurped God’s throne in the earth.
Moreover, God did not formally institute nationalism (that is, post-Fall government and capital punishment) until Genesis 9:5,6, post-Flood, hundreds of years after the curse of sin was implemented: “And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”
The Apostle Paul affirms the function of government in Romans 13:1-8: basically, God instituted nationalism to keep order in society by punishing criminals (cf. Genesis 9:5,6). While no government of the world is perfect (seeing as to they are led by sinful man), government should (does…?) deter and punish lawbreakers. Imagine, when Paul wrote today’s Scripture, tyrannical Roman Emperor Nero was reigning, persecuting and killing Christians!
Every day, let us pray for the people in our government—that they would trust Jesus Christ alone as their personal Saviour, and that they would come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:3,4)!