|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “You have been set free”
Our Bible verse for today: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 (NASB)
Our thought for today: “The goal is maximum freedom and limited government”
I’ve chosen to write this month about the connection between our national freedom and our Christian freedom because it’s such an important issue in our land right now. For most of the month we will consider what our Christian freedom consists of and how it should determine how we live. But in order for us to really appreciate the importance of the impact Christians should be having in our society, we need to consider where our society is at today.
We live in the era of big government, and it’s in the process of getting substantially bigger. The intrusion of government into the private lives of citizens in the USA is getting deeper and deeper. Deficit spending for big government programs is reaching astounding and unsustainable levels. And worst of all, government legislation is effectively legitimizing and institutionalizing attitudes and behaviors that are distinctly unbiblical and contrary to God’s kingdom principles.
The Bible teaches that civil government was instituted by God for the good of mankind. The basic purpose of government is to provide sufficient structure and controls to prevent anarchy – but not so much as to become heavy-handed, and certainly not to lead and govern in ways contrary to God’s standards.
The further a society drifts from God’s standards, the more difficult it becomes to control. The further people are from Biblical principles the more crime, immorality, selfishness, and overall bad behavior there will be. Government then will become increasingly intrusive in its attempts to control people’s behavior. That then gives elected officials power. And power is addictive, the more they have the more they want and the more reasons they will find to become increasingly intrusive and controlling.
I believe Pastor and author Tony Evans was correct when he taught in his Bible study series “The Kingdom Agenda” that God’s intent is for people to have maximum freedom, and for there to be limited government. But in order for that to be the case, people have to behave well. It’s not that hard. The boundaries God established in the Bible are wide and allow for a lot of freedom. Micah 6:8 (above) is an illustration of how simple it is. Just behave well.
The goal for God’s people in this world is to pursue and promote God’s kingdom agenda in their own lives first, and then in society, helping to move people and entire societies closer and closer to Biblical principles. The closer a society is to God’s standards, the less justification there will be, and the less need there will be, for big government.
We want maximum freedom and limited government. But Christians have an important role to play in helping to achieve that. We have a big responsibility that we must live up to. More about this in the days to come.
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