Friday, May 22, 2009

self-government is cool

"While civil government is a divine institution with an important purpose, it is very limited in what it is supposed to do. It basically is to protect the life, liberty and property of its citizens (Romans 13:4; I Peter 2:14). But we have made it like Babel, thinking the state (something of our own creation) will do much more than God say it is to do, where it takes on the role of God, the family, the church, and business. Many people look to the state to meet their needs from cradle to grave, to bring peace and utopia on earth, to help them in times of trouble, to solve all their problems, to care for them when they are sick, and to control and regulate all things. We as a nation have given over to the sate many of the responsibilities that God says belong to individuals, the family, or the church.
Earthly authorities are not intended to control us. We are to govern ourselves under God and His standard of truth. We should seek to change the mentality of letting others govern us." (exerpted from: Statism: Rendering To Caaesar the Things that are God's; by Stephen McDowell, Intercessors for America Prayer Leter, June 2009)
As the apostles said, "My brothers, these things ought not to be so!"

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