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Monday, October 29, 2012

Aren't the Governments of the World Basically Evil?

Aren't the Governments of the World Basically Evil?
Hmmm...According to this view, all use of government power is deeply infected by evil, demonic forces. The realm of government power is the realm of Satan and his forces, and therefore all governmental use of "power over" someone is "worldly" and is not the way of life that Jesus taught.

Yeah, I have a couple of things to say about that...




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Aren't the Governments of the World Basically Evil?


By Evan Nehring


One by one, I have pulled away your excuses for getting involved as a citizen of a free republic. (The full list is here.) But we have one more objection to put to rest...

Objection #6: Government is evil and the world belongs to Satan, so we need to focus on Christ.

 
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According to this view, all use of government power is deeply infected by evil, demonic forces. The realm of government power is the realm of Satan and his forces, and therefore all governmental use of "power over" someone is "worldly" and is not the way of life that Jesus taught.
  • This viewpoint has been strongly promoted by Minnesota pastor Greg Boyd in his influential book The Myth of a Christian Nation.

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  • In evaluating the claim that "the authority of all the kingdoms of the world has been given to Satan," we have a choice: Do we believe Satan's words that he has the authority of all earthly kingdoms, nor do we believe Jesus’ words that Satan is a liar and the father of lies? The answer is easy: Satan wanted Jesus to believe a lie, and he wants us to believe that same lie, that he is the ruler of the earthly governments.
 
By contrast, there are some very specific verses that do not agree with Satan's claim in Luke 4:6 that he, Satan, has authority over all earthly governments.
  • Rather, these verses where God is speaking portray civil government as a gift from God, something that is subject to God's rule (not Satan) and used by God for his purposes.
 
It’s convenient to say, “All government is demonic and evil,” because then you don’t have to go to work as a citizen.
  • Some say, “Just serve in God’s kingdom and don’t waste your time serving as a citizen of the United States.”
  • But if we do not rise to serve, we will be a republic ruled only by the godless.
 
In James Robison’s latest book, he pleads:
God is not finished with us as a country. Decline is not inevitable. But if we're going to escape decline, we have to make a hard turn - and fast. Will our grandchildren enjoy the freedom and prosperity we enjoy, or will they ask us, "Where were you when freedom died?"[1]
So, we’ve laid the foundation for believers’ civic involvement.We’ve answered the objections to getting involved. The full list is here.

Next time...what do we do about it?!




[1] James Robison, Jay Richards. Indivisible. Introduction.

 

Challenge

Do you know anyone who believes that government is evil and we need to stay out? Why not challenge them that it won't ever get better if good people stay away!

For those in the central Wisconsin area, please consider attending my Sunday, November 4 Wausau multimedia presentation: Rise to Serve: Calling Believers to Civic Involvement.


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