When the early Americans searched their Bibles to learn about government, what did they find?
The first level of government is individual self-government. Lasting success comes by giving attention to God’s standards, the laws of creation’s nature that were the norm before man’s rebellion opened the door for Satan’s influence (Exodus 20:1-17, Romans 13:13-14). Big government, the abundance of police, prisons, and hospitals are the consequences of sinful life practices. When man restrains his own selfish impulses and desires, the tyranny and exploitation of big government can be avoided.
The second level of government is the family. From the beginning, it has been the holy commitment of one man and one woman in marriage that has defeated the will of Satan in his war against civilization (Genesis 2:18-24). God instituted marriage to facilitate companionship and the nurturing of children in the truth. Parents are responsible for the education of their children. By learning to honor and obey their parents, children also learn to honor the lordship of God and become responsible citizens (Ephesians 6:1-4, Proverbs 15:5). The Bible makes it clear that property ownership and wealth come through labor, while laziness produces poverty (Proverbs 10:4-5). Recognition of this aspect of the laws of creation’s nature benefits families (1 Timothy 5:8, Proverbs 31:13-27).
The third level of government is the voluntary union of people belonging to a church, churches of different denominations to edify citizens through biblical principles for faith and community (1 Timothy 5:17) and discipline (Matthew 18:16-19). Churches also have the biblical mandate to be societal caregivers (1 John 3:17). Families and churches are united in the promotion of citizen self-reliance and limited civil governments.
The fourth level of government is civil government on local, regional and national levels. Its prime function is to protect the citizens from criminals inside and outside government and from external aggression (Romans 13:1-4, 1 Peter 2:13-14).
~ David Norris