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The Great Commission

The Lordship of Jesus Christ is a political claim.  That is how Caesar understood it -- he knew that by "Jesus is Lord", they meant over him and his empire.  Otherwise he would never have bothered to persecute the Christians. 

Civil government is all about coercive force.  Everything the government does, it does at gun-point.  God intends politics to be aimed at the submission of all coercive force to His law and grace.  Deo gratia!

The Great Commission is the marching orders for Christians, by truth spoken in love, to retake the world for God, all of it -- not only our personal lives, but education, politics, economics, the military, and all other aspects of our common life.  That does not override the need for personal conversion.  Without converted Christians actually living the cross life, there will be no converted State.  Without Jesus as sovereign, there will be no peace on earth or good will among men:

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.  Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."  Matthew 28:16-20. 

That is a command to followers of Christ, not an "if you please...."  Without God at the center of our lives, on the throne of our hearts, we will see the kingdoms of Judea, of Greece, of Rome, of England, of Germany, of America, but we will never see the Kingdom of God.  'Kingdom' means just that -- lordship, rulership.   To see, to live in, to manifest the Kingdom of God, we (and our leaders) must be born again, from above. 

It is objected that a wedding between politics and religion is dangerous.  Dangerous?  More dangerous than secularism or paganism wedded to politics?  Read Death by Government by R. J. Rummel, the documentation of the horrendous carnage of the 20th century -- all by secular states.  Christian people have done their share of evil, but Christian religion has not.  It has been precisely the Christian faith which alone has a sufficient built-in corrective -- the Way of the Cross.  The secular and pagan worlds have no such corrective.  Like it or not, might makes right.

History bears that out magnificently.  Read (for example) three books by Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity; For the Glory of God; and, The Victory of Reason.  Stark applies his science of sociology to the history of Christendom with uncommonly startling results. 

Not only history, but logic, bears out the truth of Christianity.  The secular and pagan worlds are logically incapable of mounting a true morality because they have no objective base for doing so.  Only a Biblical worldview has that moral base

So the words of the Declaration of Independence founding our freedoms and rights on the law and grace of God point to logical facts.  The secular or pagan believer who wants equal protection under the law wants something which he can have only at the cost of something he is unwilling to grant -- the law and grace of God which is the only possible source of moral obligation. 

Only a government under the law of God can be a trustworthy government because it is submitted to an authority higher than itself.  A government submitted to no authority higher than itself is by definition a tyranny.  It can (and usually will) do whatever it can get away with.  Only the Biblical world can supply that higher authority.  That is the point of the Declaration preamble.   See articles on "theo-cracy" (which is quite different from the rightly feared "church-ocracy"). 

So, Christians, let's get on with it, and put to rest charges concerning the "dangers" of a government under God -- not only by logic, but by our following Jesus on the Way of the Cross. 

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