Sunday, February 27, 2011

...but not to Create Arbitrary Standards

By T. M. Moore in The Limits of Politics

imageThus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they have rejected the law of the LORD, and have not kept his statutes, but their lies have led them astray…” --Amos 2:4

We recall that politics is the science of government, and government has been instituted by God for the good of the governed. Politicians do well when they govern according to the divine plan, as revealed in Scripture, which is able to equip us for every good work. Daniel did not shy away from insisting that the pagan king Nebuchadnezzar should turn from the lies he was practicing to follow the Law of God. John the Baptist held the pagan king Herod accountable for transgressing God’s plan for marriage.

Additionally, the prophets, all of them, routinely indicted the nations of the world for acting in a manner inconsistent and at odds with the divine plan for human flourishing. Good government is government God’s way; good politics is the science of government carried out in accordance with what God has revealed in His Word.

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