God and Government

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Gilbert Keith Chesterton worried that government power was growing too strong and even would take the place of God in many people’s lives. Born in London in 1874, Chesterton became one of the leading essayists, novelists, and writers of his time. He also was a strong defender of Christianity.

In 1932, after attending a conference in Dublin, he observed, “It is only by believing in God that we can ever criticize the Government. Once you abolish God, the Government becomes God.”

In the years since Chesterton made that statement, governments have become even more power-hungry. More than ever, governments dictate morality, set standards, and determine right from wrong. Some even have sought to remove God from public life.

When the concept of law was being developed in Western nations, the Bible was recognized as the foundation of the legal system. English jurist William Blackstone, author of the highly influential Commentaries on the Laws of England, pointed out that God had created “eternal, immutable laws” which are “binding over all the globe and all countries, and all times: no human laws are of any validity if contrary to this.”

Despite such warnings, governments increasingly ignore or reject God’s Word. Judges and politicians feel justified to determine morality according to their subjective standards. Sadly, many Christians sit by silently, doing nothing. Millions don’t even vote in elections.

What are you doing to stand for God’s Kingdom? Remember that you are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). Don’t hide your light or be silent. Seek to serve God and follow His call. Vote. Get involved. Don’t compromise, but be bold, ready to speak out and take a stand.