*Warning: Political post in the wake of election night.*
Christians can be really good grumblers. Among our favorite things to grumble about is the political system.
Check twitter election night for a plethora of Christian leaders who will scoff at the political leaders we have available, and cry out for a ruler with "decency". But what is a "decent ruler"?
With the backdrop of the ugliness and chaos of an American society who obviously demand leaders who will only "do what is right in their own eyes" while spurning Biblical Law, let's try to exemplify a distinctly Christian alternative. On election night, and every other night, we must do more than grumble and indignantly wash our hands of the matter. What would a Christian society centered around Christ and obeying His commands in Scripture look like? How would rulers rule in that kingdom? What enduring Biblical principles can we apply to today?
On #election night, and every other night, #Christians must do more than grumble.—@Jordan_M_Wilson
The beauty and righteousness of a society ordered around God's perfect and eternal Law points to the beauty and morality of the true law-giver. This is Christ who is the source of morality and the One to whom man must look to for salvation from our rebellion against Him. It's not about trying to take a carbon copy of the government of ancient Israel (pre Christ) and import it line by line. But surely many general principles are of general equity today. After all, one of the purposes of the Law was to be a beacon of light to attract the surrounding nations who were not under the Mosaic Covenant.
"See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, 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 statutes and rules so righteous as all this law that I set before you today?"
The general equity of the Law gives us many principles which we ignore at our peril.
1. Sound money, economic policy (honest scales, respect for private property, restrictions on exploitative lending practices)
2. Courts & penology (punishment fits the crime, restitution, the prison system, the war on drugs, abortion etc.)
3. War (Just war theory, standing armies, conscription)
4. Limits of civil government (Was the institution of government for the purpose of being a charity? Or was it instituted to punish evil doers for their crimes? What is evil and who defines it?)
5. Taxation (What is the proper jurisdiction of civil government? How will we care for and educate the poor if not through the redistribution of property at gunpoint? What is the role of the individual, family and church in this?)
6. Godly leaders (Fear God, confess the Lordship of Christ, morally upright in personal lives, will not take a bribe)
There is much more to be said, and if you want to delve deeper, here is a good place to start.
But on election night, Christ is still be on His throne. And guess what? The following 364 days of the year He will be on the throne as well, ruling over every molecule, including the political system.
Let's seek how we can obey Him in this area too and advocate and exemplify for a watching world what Christian governance looks like.
"Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this." Isaiah 9:7