Civil Government: Chapter 12 – Keeping Things In Perspective (Excerpt)

Civil Government - coverWhile Christians might take advantage of good conditions that exist under a particular government, we must understand that no government will last forever. The wise man wrote, “Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds; for riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations” (Proverbs 27:23-24).

No matter how stable or powerful a government may be, it will eventually fall. People in our society have come to rely upon the government for so many things, even basic necessities. It is hard for many to imagine how we could possibly survive without our government in its current form. Yet the wise man tells us how we can survive: work hard, be good stewards, and trust in God and in His providence (Proverbs 27:23-27). Governments rise and fall, as they have done since their beginning and will continue to do until the end of time. God’s provisions will remain.

It is important to remember that no human government is exempt from this rule. When Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream about the statue made up of gold, silver, bronze, iron, and clay, he prophesied of four world empires: the Babylonians, the Medes and the Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans (Daniel 2:31-43). Each one of these mighty nations fell. Even our current government, despite its great success over the last two hundred twenty-five years, will not be around forever.

You can read more about the fundamental truths which we must remember in any study of this topic in Civil Government: What the Bible Says About Its Origin, History, Nature, and Role. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

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