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Reverend S. L. Gardner
Spokane Valley, Washington US
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- God, the Government, Courts and Christians -
Because of the confusion and controversy over people who claim to be godly being maligned for standing up for right in the courts of law I will use mostly scripture to "present this case".
Isaiah 9:6 tells us, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Our courts are to be instruments of God and if they are not we as believers are responsible for making them godly and accountable to God.
When the courts were established for God's people in the way English type courts are structured Moses was being overrun with cases. Moses father-in-law went before God with Exodus 18:13-26 definitely establishes the courts design, qualifications and procedures. (Amp) "Next day Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening.
(14) When Moses' father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, What is this that you do for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening?
(15) Moses said to his father-in-law, Because the people come to me to inquire of God.
(16) When they have a dispute they come to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor, and I make them know what statutes of God and His laws.
(17) Moses' father-in-law said to him, The thing that you are doing is not good.
(18) You will surely wear out both yourself and this people with you, for the thing is too heavy for you; you are not able to perform it all by yourself.
(19) Listen now to me; I will counsel you, and God will be with you. You shall represent the people before God, bringing their cases and causes to Him.
(20) Teaching them the decrees and laws, showing them the way they must walk and the work they must do.
(21) Moreover, you shall choose able men from all the people - God-fearing men of truth who hate unjust gain - and place them over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, to be their rulers.
(22) And let them judge the people at all times; every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they shall judge. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you.
(23) If you will do this, and God so commands you, you will be able to endure the strain, and all these people also will go to their tents in peace.
(24) So Moses listened to and heeded the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said.
(25) Moses chose able men out of all Israel and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.
(26) And they judged the people at all times; the hard cases they brought to Moses, but every small matter they decided themselves."
The legal system is further described in Deuteronomy 1:16-17 (amp), "And I charged your judges at that time: Hear the cases between our brethren and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the stranger or sojourner who is with him." This scripture clearly states that our courts are to rule according to God and they are to judge everyone.
King David's reign is taken as the type and shadow of the modern society we call "the church". Here is what was said in 1 Chronicles 26:32, (kjv) "And his brethren, men of valor, were two thousand and seven chief fathers, who King David made rulers over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, for every matter pertaining to God, and the affairs of the King."
Ezra 10:14 describes a situation similar to what we are observing in our society and how God views it. "Now let our rulers of the congregations stand, and let all them which have taken strange wives in our cities come at appointed times, and with them the elders of every city, and the judges thereof, until the fierce wrath of our God for this matter be turned from us." In our lives we see this same thing all the time. The "strange women" sit beside Pastors, elders, deacons, counselors Judges, lawyers etc.
The warning to all comes in Psalm 2 (amp), (1) "Why do the nations assemble with commotion uproar and confusion of voices, and why do people imagine meditate upon and devise and empty scheme?
(2) The kings of the earth take their places; the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and His Anointed One.
They say, (3) Let us break Their bands of restraint asunder and cast Their cords of control from us.
(4) He Who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision and in supreme contempt He mocks them.
(5) He speaks to them in His deep anger and troubles, terrifies and confounds them in His displeasure and fury, saying " This scripture clearly outlines the rebels that want to control the courts and what the results will be if they do control the entity God created to bring God's laws to bear on our situations.
2 Peter 2:10 talks about rebels despising government. (kjv) "But chiefly them that walk after the flesh and lust uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities." In my opinion Christians have (for the large part) let the courts and laws of this land go to the rebels.
When was the last time you looked into the belief system of the person you vote for as Judge over you? When was the last time you got involved to support a godly man for the Federal Supreme court? Or when did you pay attention to vote for Governors and Presidents that would appoint men and women who conform to God's criteria for rulers? Now we are in a situation where we must stand against the believers abdication of the legal system God created.
Romans 13:1-6 talks about how serious the situation is to have godly rulers over us. "Let every person be loyally subject to the governing civil authorities. For there is no authority except from God by His permission, His sanction and those that exist do so by God's appointment. (Reference Proverbs 8:15).
(2) Therefore he who resists and sets himself up against the (godly) authoritative resists what God has appointed and arranged in divine order. And those who resist will bring down judgment upon themselves receiving the penalty due them.
(3) For civil authorities are not a terror to people good conduct, but to those of bad behavior. Would you have no dread of him who is in authority? The do what is right and you will receive his approval and commendation.
(4) For he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, you should dread him and be afraid, for he does not bear and wear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant to execute His wrath, punishment, vengeance on the wrongdoer.
(5) Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God's wrath and escape punishment, but also as a matter of principle and for the sake of conscience."
Just prior to these verses are verses talking about not repaying evil for evil because according to Romans 12:19, "Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God's wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay says the Lord. (reference Deut. 32:35) This is a key to those who are brought into the court system as unwilling participants in something God never intended to be administered the way it is today. These verses talk about our motivations and attitudes NOT abdication. We are always to stand for righteousness no matter what the cost just as Jesus did. Bitterness, vengeance, anger are NOT something God can bless at any time and certainly not in legal proceedings.
Stand in court as Paul did before the Roman court when he had been badly mistreated. (Acts 22:25) He said, I am a Roman citizen and you are wrong to do this to me without cause. Paraphrase of the events in Romans 22 and 23.
Rev. Dr. S.L. Gardner
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