Explicitly Christian Politics is the Only Answer

So now what?
What are we to expect from our new Congress? Well, for one one thing if God’s principles of government are ignored things will continue to unravel. They may unravel at a slower pace, but rest assured they will unravel nevertheless. While the Tea Party activists and the lucid Republicans are seeking a change for the ‘better’, without the implementation of an explicitly Christian, Theonomic approach to government, things will not improve.

So what should be the principle approach to government? What solution should be adopted so as to insure individual liberty, justice, peace and economic prosperity?

Consider the Christian Liberty Party’s Platform. Being originally founded upon many of these principles, America not only needs to return to them, but refine them, so as to be all the more explicitly Christian.

Preamble

We affirm the belief in the Triune God of the Holy Bible and acknowledges the Bible (God’s written Word) to be the highest and final authority to which all other authorities and ideas must ultimately yield. God’s Word is Truth[1]. Biblical principles are simply truths drawn from Scripture, which must be applied to all of life, and it is upon these principles that this party exists and acts.

Because Jesus was given absolute authority in heaven and on earth[2], there can be no such thing as intellectual, religious or ethical neutrality. No civil government can be neutral toward the present dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, we must look to the Bible (rather than humanistic political philosophy) to discover God’s revealed will for the state as well as for the family, and the Church.

Further, we affirm that the Bible expressly teaches that God operates covenantally with men and institutions and that Scripture reveals a covenantal model by which men, institutions and nations are historically and judicially bound. It is because of this that we seek to call our nation to obedience to God’s sovereignty and rule, so that in turn, our nation may enjoy the fruits of living according to God’s perfect law of liberty[3].

First Principles

First Principles represent God’s revealed will (God’s Word, the Bible) by which all men, covenant institutions, and nations are held accountable. There is no area of life in which they do not govern.

1. Sovereignty of God.

Scripture declares the Triune God to be sovereign over all of life[4], and that all men, nations, and rulers must fear God[5] and unreservedly submit to Him as their Sovereign and only Potentate[6].

2. Human Authority

Since God’s authority alone is absolute[7], all human authority must be delegated[8], limited[9], specified[10], and accountable to God[11].

3. Law and Ethics

God’s Lordship[12] over politics and human affairs is expressed in His unchanging, holy, just, and perfect law[13], which reveals and defines true justice[14], continues to have abiding authority[15], and is sufficient to equip men and rulers for every good work[16].

4. Providence and Sanctions

God governs in the affairs of men and nations and very tangibly blesses and/or curses men and nations to the degree that they love, honor and obey His laws, or rebel against them[17].

5. Progress and Inheritance

God guarantees that our labors in the Lord will never be in vain[18], that Christ’s kingdom will keep advancing[19], and that eventually the meek shall inherit the earth[20] as a prelude and “hastening” of the final inheriting of a new heavens and a new earth[21].

Governmental Principles

Governmental or Political Principles represent a Biblical philosophy of government, and reveal the fundamental pattern for the manner in which institutions and nations should be governed.

1. Self-Government under God

Whereas rebellion to God leads to slavery[22], individual submission to God in thought, word, and deed[23] leads to liberty[24] and qualifies men to govern under the perfect law of liberty[25] in a way that brings God’s blessing[26].

2. Covenantal Institutions

God has ordained three separate, distinct covenantal institutions for the advancement of His kingdom: family[27], church[28], and civil government[29], with each deriving its definition, legitimacy, authority, purpose and jurisdiction[30] from the Word of God[31], and each expressly commanded to not usurp the other’s responsibilities[32].

3. Limited Government

The limitations in jurisdiction and authority placed upon governmental institutions by God’s Laws, and made necessary by depravity and human nature, are recognized in Biblically-grounded constitutional checks and balances such as separation of powers horizontally[33], separation of powers vertically[34] and checks to power by way of interposition[35].

4. Oaths and Public Office

All public officers should affirm their covenantal responsibilities and their loyalty to Christ’s absolute Kingship[36] by an oath of office, i.e. affirmation, pledging faithfulness to His infallible, revealed, covenantal Word.

5. Covenant Faithfulness and Continuity

Good government, whether family, church or state, is perpetuated from generation to generation only as the leaders of all forms of government cling to God’s grace, diligently study and obey His laws, depend upon His Spirit, and insist that rulers govern in the fear of God[37]

[1] John 17:17

[2] Matthew 28:18

[3] James 1:25

[4] Psalm 2; 22:28; 59:13; Proverbs 21:1; Daniel 4:34-37; 5:21; Matthew 28:18; Acts 17:26; 1 Corinthians 15:27-28; Hebrews 2:8; Philippians 2.10

[5] Exodus 18:21; Leviticus 25:43; 2 Samuel 23:3; Nehemiah 5:15; Psalm 2:11

[6] Psalm 2:1-12; Psalm 110:1-2; 1 Timothy 6:15

[7] Psalm 22:28; Daniel 4:34-35; Matthew 28:18; 1 Corinthians 15:27-28; Hebrews 2:8

[8] 2 Chronicles 13:5; Daniel 2:37,38; 7:6,12; Romans 13:1; John 19:11

[9] John 19:11; 2 Corinthians 10:13; Romans 13:1 [lit. “there is no authority if not from God”]

[10] Deuteronomy 5:32; 17:20

[11] Romans 13:1-6

[12] Micah 4:1-2; Psalm 2

[13] Romans 7:12,16; Psalm 19:7-8; Deuteronomy 17:19; 28:58

[14] Nehemiah 9:13; Proverbs 31:5; Isaiah 51:4; Ezekiel 18:5,9; Romans 7:12

[15] Deuteronomy 11:20-32; Psalm 111:7,8; 119:89-92, 152, 160; Matthew 5:17-19

[16] 2 Timothy 3:16-17

[17] Deuteronomy 27:11-28:68; 1 Samuel 2:30; Proverbs 14:34; Jeremiah 18:7-10; Jonah 1:1-2; 3:5-9

[18] 1 Corinthians 15:58

[19] Psalm 72:11,17; 82:8; 86:9; Isaiah 9:7; 11:9; 42:4; Matthew 16:18

[20] Psalm 37:11,22; Isaiah 11:4; Matthew 5:5

[21] 2 Peter 3:11-13

[22] John 8:34

[23] 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 10:5; James 1:26; 3:2; Philippians 3:15; Ephesians 4:17-32

[24] Psalm 119:45; James 1.25

[25] James 1:25; 2:12

[26] James 1:25

[27] Genesis 2:24; Acts 3:25

[28] Acts 14:23; Philippians 1:1

[29] Genesis 9:6; Romans 13:1-7

[30] E.g. 2 Chronicles 26:18-19; 2 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Corinthians 9:18; 1 Kings 21; Numbers 1; Matthew 8:9

[31] Family: Genesis 2:21-25; Church: Matthew 16:18; Civil Government: Romans 13:1-7

[32] 2 Chronicles 26:18-19

[33] Legislative, Executive, Judicial – Isaiah 33:22

[34] In America: Federal, State and Local; Exodus 18:21-26; Deuteronomy 1:15

[35] Joshua 2:1-16; 2 Samuel 24:3; 1 Kings 12:16-24; 18:3-4; 2 Chronicles 21:10; 26:20

[36] Deuteronomy 6:13; 10:20; 29:14 in context of chapters 29-31; 2 Kings 11:4; 2 Kings 25:24; Ecclesiastes 5.4-5: Jeremiah 12:16; Ezekiel 17:13,16-19

[37] 2 Samuel 23:3; Psalm 22:27-31; 72:1-20; 78:1-72; Isaiah 9:6-7; I Peter 2:14

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