Strong preachers are needed for strong politics

The minister who faithfully preaches the Word of God and shows its relevance to all of life will be laying a moral foundation for godly government in every area, including the area of civil government. This is the most important contribution a minister can make to politics.

Without strong preaching in the churches, we aren’t going to have a proper political system no matter how skilled we are at organization or how hard we try to get people elected.

Quote source

Thoburn, R.L. (1984). The Christian and Politics. 2nd edition. Thoburn Press, Tyler, p. 168

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Men will be governed by the Bible, or by tyrants

God gives civil rulers power. That power can be used to punish evildoers or it can be used to oppress the godly. We need the godly exercise of power in the family, the church, and the state. It is not power as such that we fear, but ungodly power. George Washington observed that government is like fire.

When properly contained it can be a faithful servant. When not contained it becomes a fearful master. Civil government has become a fearful master not because government is in and of itself bad, but because we have moved away from the Biblical world-and-life view in regards to it.

One of our national political leaders of an earlier era stated that either men will be governed by the Bible or by tyrants. We need to restore the Biblical foundations.

Quote source

Thoburn, R.L. (1984). The Christian and Politics. 2nd edition. Thoburn Press, Tyler, pp. 53-54

The state is under God, not God under the state

God is sovereign over the nations. The government is on the shoulders of Jesus, the Messiah (Isaiah 9:5-6). God raises up nations and God brings nations down. The king’s heart is in the hands of the Lord. The rulers of the earth may take counsel against the Lord and against His Anointed One, but all in vain. God will only laugh at them. He shall break them with a rod of iron (Psalm 2). Only God is sovereign.

For decades the debate has been carried on in our country – which is sovereign, the Federal government or the states? The word “sovereignty” was never attributed to governments, local or otherwise, by our founding fathers. They realized that only God is sovereign. Our sovereign God has ordained men on earth to be civil rulers.

The state is under God, not God under the state.

Quote source

Thoburn, R.L. (1984). The Christian and Politics. 2nd edition. Thoburn Press, Tyler, p. 50

The Bible has plenty to say on government and economics

When I was running for Congress, I was invited to speak to a group of men at a prayer breakfast. I decided to set forth what the Bible teaches on civil government and economics. I was assured by a college professor that the Bible had nothing to say on those subjects.

By the time I finished he had changed his mind and followed me 12 miles to my office to purchase several books dealing with the subject.

Quote source

Thoburn, R.L. (1984). The Christian and Politics. 2nd edition. Thoburn Press, Tyler, p. 47

The church will go forward victoriously

General Douglas MacArthur stated that in war there is no substitute for victory. The Christian is to put on the whole armor of God. That armor did not include any provision for the back. The Christian is not to retreat but to go forward. Jesus said He would build His church (Matthew 16) and the gates of hell would not prevail against it.

The Greek word for “prevail” means that the church is on the offensive, not the defensive. The church will go forward victoriously and the gates of hell will not be able to withstand that offensive.

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Thoburn, R.L. (1984). The Christian and Politics. 2nd edition. Thoburn Press, Tyler, p. 44

To thump humanism: man’s basic calling

The non-believing world, following [18th century philosopher Immanuel] Kant, wants to keep Christians and Christianity confined to a small and what they consider to be, an unimportant role on the earth. They think Christians should be put in their place. The Christian is looked upon as a second-class citizen. The Christian is to be allowed to have worship and devotions (and even these are under sharp attack), but he is not to expand his influence into the world—into government, politics, education, art, economics, etc.

This is God’s world. God created the heavens and the earth. That means God made everything. It belongs to Him. The cattle on a thousand hills belong to the Lord. The silver and the gold are His. The humanist wants to shove God out of the schools, out of government, out of everything. He doesn’t want God in the church either because there is no place in a humanistic church for God.

Because the earth is the Lord’s, He has called man to have dominion over it. After God created the earth and man, He said, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28) This is man’s basic calling.

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Thoburn, R.L. (1984). The Christian and Politics. 2nd edition. Thoburn Press, Tyler, pp. 41-42

Christian schools as a force against humanism

Then came the Christian school movement. Government school enrollments began to decline. There were many reasons. The humanists had been promoting abortion and the myth that the world was being overpopulated. So there just weren’t as many children around to attend the schools. With the Christians pulling their children out of the government schools right and left, the humanists really got frightened.

The teacher unions could count noses (even if some of their students couldn’t add and subtract anymore) and all they could see were declining enrollments. Declining enrollments mean closing schools and losing jobs. The teachers began to worry about job security.

Having alternative Christian schools around was a problem for the humanists in other ways. Parents now had a choice as to whether they would patronize the government schools or send their children to a Christian school. The Christian schools meant an opportunity for parents to compare the quality and the cost. With Christian schools operating at costs far below that of the government schools and producing superior results academically and otherwise, the humanists began to panic.

Quote source

Thoburn, R.L. (1984). The Christian and Politics. 2nd edition. Thoburn Press, Tyler, pp. 26-27