Your Family and Government

There are three God-ordained institutions in the world (home, government, and church).

  • Home (Genesis 1)
    • Husband
    • Wife
    • Children
    • Father (parents)
  • Church (Matthew 18, Acts 2 🙂
    • Pastors
    • Deacons
    • Members
  • Government (Genesis 9)
    • Rulers
    • Citizens

As a Christian, there is a proper way to fulfill the role that each of us has in each institution.

Government in books of the Bible

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Numbers
  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Samuels
  • Kings
  • Chronicles
  • Ezra-Nehemiah
  • Daniel

Government workers (politicians) in the Bible

  • Abraham (Terah)
  • Joseph
  • Moses
  • Joshua
  • Every single Judge
  • Samuel
  • Saul
  • David
  • Solomon
  • Daniel
  • Nehemiah

Some direct governmental statements in the Bible

  • Genesis 9:5-6
  • Numbers 11:16-30, Exodus 18:13-26, (Deuteronomy 1:9-18)

Some implied governmental statements in the Bible

  • Isaiah 33:22 (foundational to America’s separation of powers)
  • God uses government(s) to fulfill His will
  • God used many different governmental officials in Paul’s life
    • Some punished him
    • Many helped him once they found out that he was a Roman citizen
      • Paul used his Roman (empire) citizenship for his and thus, Christ’s advantage
      • As an American individual, how much have you used your US (democratic-republic) citizenship for yours and Christ’s advantage

The Intersection of Family and Government 

  1. True government is made of families (OT example)
    1. The better the families of a country, the better the government of that country
    2. What if we lose what we have?
      1. What were families able to do before America?
      2. What are families able to do outside America today?
        1. European socialism
        2. Chinese communism
        3. African tribalism
      3. Without the interference of responsible, Godly Christians, America will be one of those or some mixture of them sooner than we think
    3. In America (democratic-republic), the better the people (come from families) involved in government, the better the government
  2. Your family and our government
    1. teach your children what Christians should think about current issues
    2. teach your children how to think like a Christian about current issues (not moral, nor conservative, Christian–comes from the Bible)
      1. you have to know this and do it yourself to be able to do it
      2. remember and bring to bear on the present our history and Godly heritage
    3. have gov’t officials to your house 1-2 times a year (include 1-2 other families)
    4. attend fundraisers for local candidates when they fit your schedule
      1. make them a part of your family calendar
      2. discuss before and/or after, the office and what the candidate said about it
    5. become a precinct committeeman (some here should consider this)