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The Bible on Politics

This page will illustrate the Biblical form of politics from the Bible itself and other relevant sources.  Whether one agrees with the Bible or not, Biblical religion is quite clear that the sovereignty of God extends over all things in the whole of creation.  Nothing is excepted.   That includes politics, education, the media, both public and private enterprise.   The claim that "Jesus is Lord" is a political statement.  "King of kings and Lord of lords" means King and Lord over all other kings and lords.  No exceptions.   

One might argue that the Bible is wrong, but one cannot reasonably argue that it says anything other than that God rules over Caesar just as over everything else.  If God is the Creator ex nihilo, then God is the final sovereign with no appeal beyond. 

See Defining 'Oughtness' & 'Love'If God is the Creator of all things, and therefore Sovereign over all things, then His law is the basis of all morality and therefore of all legitimacy.  No government has the "right" to rule apart from the authority granted to it by God.  This is precisely the claim made in the American Declaration of Independence.  It was a commonly understood legal principle of the time on both sides of the Atlantic. 

See also section in Constitution Library on Biblical Government

Examples will be added from time to time. 
 

Deuteronomy 4:6 ff.

Keep [these statutes] and do them; for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statues, will say, "surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people."  For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?  And what great nation is there, that has statues and ordnances so righteous as all this law which I set before you this day?  

 

Deuteronomy 17:18

And when the king sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, from that which is in the charge of the Levitical priests; and it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them; that his heart may not be lifted up above his brethren, and that he man not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left; so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel. 

 

I Samuel 8:10 ff.

So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking a king from him.  He said, "These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you:  he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots;  and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and to equipment of his chariots.  He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.  he will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants.  He will take the tenth of your grain and of our vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants.  He will take your menservants and maidservants, and the best of your cattle and your asses, and put them to his work.  He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves.  And in that day you will cry out because of your king....

 

Psalm 69:10-13  

Say among the nations, "The Lord reigns!
    Yea, the world is established, it shall never be moved.
He will judge the peoples with equity."

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything init!

Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy
before the Lord, for He comes,
for He comes  to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with His truth. 
 

        The thrust of these verses is that He will come, that He will judge, and no other.  And further, that that is a glorious thing and cause for rejoicing because no one else can judge as righteously and with so great mercy as God can. 

 

Matthew 28:18 ff.

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  God 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. 
 

    "All authority..." means just that.  :"Jesus is Lord..." is a political statement. 

 

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