God Wants Government to be Good
By Pastor Earl Wallace
Can one deny that Romans 13:1-4 indicates that God wants government to be good? The word “good” appears three times in four verses. The Lord teaches us to pray in Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Ephesians 5:11 says, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
Since the Bible applies to every aspect of life, then one cannot disassociate these verses from how God wants His will done in civics. God told Abraham that all nations will be blessed through him. God always has motivated His people to provide God’s good will for their nations. Nonetheless, the Bible is full of examples of people making a stand for God’s will in their lives, despite attempted government intervention to stop them.
The book of Acts is a history of the apostles obeying God to spread the Gospel, which changes culture, rather than to obey men, who worked through government power to stop it.
Almost every Old Testament hero, starting with Moses confronting Pharaoh, also made a stand to do God’s will despite government opposition that had enacted edicts against doing so.
The Bible says that God will judge the nations in Isaiah 2:4, 55:5; Joel 3:12; Jeremiah 25:31; Micah 4:3; Psalms 9:19, 96:10, 98:9 and 110:6. God is not separating Himself from any part of His creation. So why do we teach the Bible through the paradigm of “separation of church and state,” and fail to apply it to every aspect of life, including our civics?
Nearly every great American evangelist from George Whitfield of the first Great Awakening through Billy Sunday, also encouraged the application of the Bible to civics.