William Penn and Benjamine Franklin long ago noted that “men will either be governed by God, or they will be governed by tyrants.” Americans are being subverted and they have themselves to blame most of all for it.
The word for government has radically changed its meaning. Originally “government” was never applied to the state: it meant the self government of Christian man. Government also meant the family. Every family is a government. It is man’s first church, his first school and also his first state. Government also meant church, with its laws and discipline. School was referred to as an important government for our children. Vocations are an important area of government. The state is a form of government and, originally, it was always called CIVIL government in distinction from all these other forms of government.
Of course, today we know that all of that has changed. “Government,” as it is known today, has become synonymous with secular statism. Today most Americans have lost their faith in Christ as their Savior and they expect civil government to be their savior. They have no desire for the responsibilities of self government and so they say to politicians, “Do thou rule over us.”
Whenever any government departs from God it departs from health and ultimately from life. Every person, family, institution, vocation, school, church, or state that is in rebellion against God’s government is in rebellion against its own health and life. Self-government (God’s version) presupposes freedom and there can be no freedom apart from Jesus Christ, who is our principle of liberty, the source and power of man’s deliverance. Jesus declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). “If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). This is the foundation of liberty and of true self-government. Apart from this foundation, Jesus Christ, our destiny is tyranny and slavery. In Christ alone is liberty assured and true government possible.