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Government: A Rejection of God.

Updated on October 01, 2012
The might of Rome.
The might of Rome.

What is government?

Is government a building, a symbol or an idea?

Government is none of these things. People must build the buildings for government, come up with designs for a flag or crest that represents its government, and must first have imagined government to do those things in the first place.

Quite simply, government is the vain imaginations of humankind, in an attempt to force the hand of fate. In our vanity, we have imagined that government is a living thing, but for all intents and purposes it is a non-thing. It exists only in our imaginations as to its purpose or existence. It is nothing more than a method of control for the few, over the many.

Much like guns not being able to kill anyone of their own volition, pencils misspelling words, or spoons making people overweight... Government can do absolutely nothing without the consent of the people, in whose minds the government lives in.

Therefore, the people who represent government, is in fact the embodiment of said government. The people are the government, whether they are the monarch, president, tax collector, soldier, sailor, lowly peasant or citizen voter. The participants are the government.

Part 1 - A short bible study.

While it is not necessary to find the origins of government in history itself, it is necessary to see what God has to say about government, if we are going to talk about this from a biblical perspective. Starting in 1st Samuel, chapter 8 --

1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.
3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

While Samuel (a prophet of God) was righteous, his sons were not. Fairly straight-forward. But the people cried out for a king to deliver them, instead of asking God for help:

4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.

Samuel knew where this would lead. Even though his sons were being evil, what would happen next would echo throughout history, but God allowed it to fulfill His purpose. The organizations of government would be used in prophecy, such as in Nebuchadnezzar's dream.

7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

God sends a clear message to His people through Samuel: You are rejecting God when you choose earthly government over God's divine rule. In the years leading up to this point, God raised up the judges to free Israel of persecution from enemies within or otherwise. What need did they have of an earthly king, other than for the mere appearance of just having a king? They wanted to be like the surrounding nations, forgetting that God could solve their problems if they just did things His way. That is why God told Samuel to "protest solemnly" to the people.

10 And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.
... (Lists various duties and such from verses 11 to 16).
17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.

A tenth, just like the priesthood.

18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.

Because they wanted a king to rule over them, God proclaimed right here what would happen in the future should they choose to go through with this. In rejecting God, the "health" of Israel would almost entirely be linked to the spiritual health of its kings. God is essentially saying in verse 18, "Let your king save you!"

The rest of Samuel 8 is just a rehash of all this, to show how hard of hearing the people were. They didn't listen to God, and suffered the consequences.

Captivity of Israel into Babylon

Why did the nation of Israel go into captivity, several times?
Why did the nation of Israel go into captivity, several times? | Source

Part 2 - Defying government?

Of course, as the kings of Israel fell for sin after sin, the state of Israel also worsened. But as long as the individuals amongst the many were faithful to God, He would save them. We serve a mighty and powerful God, able to deliver us from anything as long as we do things His way. God may appoint the powers that be over us, but that doesn't mean the powers appointed over us are always going to be serving the God who appointed them. Defying these powers can only be done God's way, or else we suffer a horrible fate.

In the book of Daniel chapter 3, we see that if we disobey government while obeying God, we will be saved. The Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, made a proclamation that whenever the music of the court was played, people would have to bow down and worship the golden image of the king. If anyone refused, they were to be killed. Three men refused to bow to the decree of the king, because they knew what the first of the Ten Commandments meant. It's the first commandment, for a reason!

These three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, explained to the king that they could not bow down to the image of the king because of their faith and trust in God. They told Nebuchadnezzar that they would not worship his idols, even if it meant death, but trusted that God would deliver them from death. Nebuchadnezzar sentenced these men to die by fire in a furnace, and after having them bound hand and foot had them tossed in. Consequently, the fire of the furnace was so hot, that it killed the people who threw the three into the furnace.

Lo and behold, God did save them and it had a profound effect upon Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. Three men went into the furnace, and four were seen in it! But unless our faith and righteousness exceeds that of those three souls, I doubt any of us would survive even something like that.

The first "god incarnate" of pagan Rome: Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar was the "greatest bridge builder", in that he built the bridges in the westward conquest of the Roman Empire that he personally commanded. The etymology of the title "Pontifex Maximus" suggests as much.
Julius Caesar was the "greatest bridge builder", in that he built the bridges in the westward conquest of the Roman Empire that he personally commanded. The etymology of the title "Pontifex Maximus" suggests as much.

Part 3 - What did Jesus have to say about government?

While teaching in the synagogue one day, some very crafty people tried to catch Jesus in His own words. They tried to tempt Jesus to say something that God would never say, seeing as how every time Jesus was teaching something, He was demonstrating to the people that He was (in fact) God in the flesh. This is the reason the Sanhedrin court eventually tried Him on charges of blasphemy. They could find no fault with Him, other than He was going around telling people that He was God.

So they asked Jesus if it was lawful to give tribute to Caesar. Jesus asked them to show Him a coin, and asked them who's image was on the coin.
"Caesar's" was the reply.
Jesus then said, "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's."
You can find this story in Luke, chapter 20.

In subsequent books in the bible, we see the apostles submitting themselves to the powers that be, just as Jesus did. The apostles were jailed, beaten, and even killed for their testimony of Jesus. Never did they once fight back against the powers appointed over them, but submitted to even death of the flesh in service to God. Truly, they followed the example of Jesus Christ. But why?

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." - Ephesians chapter 6, verse 12.

No human is our enemy, and if we trust God, His works will be made manifest through us, and His words will pour out of our mouths. It may mean a physical death, but...

Government in today's world.

Though times have changed, people have not. We still do all things contrary to what God commands us, and voting is no different. Never once did Jesus advocate any worldly government. Not in the history of the entire world, has any earthly government saved a single soul. No law that has been handed down by man, has stopped a single criminal from doing evil things. This is still the same planet, and we're still the same sinful humans of ancient times.

If we can't even obey God's laws, what makes us think anyone is going to obey laws that mere humans write?
All 613 laws of the Mosaic Law did nothing but place a burden upon us, and we now have laws for everything. There is absolutely no point in having all these laws, if all we do is make criminals of ourselves in doing so. What the Pharisees did with religious law, we now do with secular law. Nothing has changed!

Why do we get so riled up over something as silly as politics, to the point of violence?
It doesn't matter what political party you adhere to, they're all just trying to get your vote. Candidates tell you what you want to hear, in order to divide you up and conquer your minds. They make these divisions in order to radicalize us to the point of violence. Never in the history of the United States have people been so polarized, since the American Civil War...

How is voting for the lesser of two evils, going to save us from our situation?
The way I see it, voting for the "lesser of two evils"... Is still voting for evil. Voting is not a required function, and so I do not vote. 1st Samuel chapter 8, verse 18 rings true in my ears. I will not cry out to God for deliverance of the "king" I have (or haven't) chosen. I merely submit to the powers appointed over me, pray to God that He is with me, and that I say and do things according to His will.

Why are we so willing to spend so much time, effort and money on campaigning for this person or that person, when we could be doing the things that Jesus commanded us to do?
A whole industry is dedicated to politics. People make a lot of money just commenting on it. If we spent half as much time and money on politics, as we did on caring for the needy and spreading the gospel, actually doing what Jesus told us to do... We wouldn't need to place our hope in a single person with a vote, to change the world.

Is voting merely just a false sense of accomplishment?
The pride that patriotism affords us, is quickly shattered the moment things do not go according to plan. We strive in error against God by trying to do things our way, instead of doing things the way God told us to. Empires rise and fall, and no government of this world will EVER save us from God's righteous judgment. The end-times prophecy in the book of Revelation does not paint a pretty picture, and it isn't over yet. Sin and death still reigns supreme in the world of flesh and blood.

Don't fall for the illusion of this madness we call politics. It is a farce, a charade, a devious plot to control your mind. God is no respecter of persons with regards to any label we put upon ourselves, lest of all what political party we belong to. God punished Israel in the past for their sins, and what makes any country of today any different? God will get His way, no matter who you vote for. Don't think for a moment that because you vote for the person who speaks of God in their campaign, that you'll actually get what was promised...

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" - 1st Peter chapter 5, verse 8.
Compared to...
"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." - 2nd Corinthians chapter 11, verses 14 and 15.

God bless.

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    • Ceegen profile image
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      James 4 years ago from Maine, USA

      Hello again, Sarra :)

      "The government has lost sight that this country was founded on christianity and God."

      That isn't entirely true... It really isn't. Most of the "founding fathers" were Deists, Atheists, Agnostics, Gnostics, and even a few... Satanists. (Not kidding, really: Ben Franklin was a member of the Hellfire Club in England). They all came from the "enlightenment" period, and you should never forget that! Things are never what they seem.

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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      Awsome and such a true hub. The government has lost sight that this country was founded on christianity and God. You are correct that we will someday (and soon) become under a one world order as that is the ultimate plan. I believe the seals have started to be broken. God Bless You James and never relinquish His love

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      James 4 years ago from Maine, USA

      Never forget EA, that we should be praying not for any particular human nation, but for God's people... Wherever they may be!

      Sometimes, good news does get through. Read this:

      You’ve heard about this video that insults Mohammed and the protests haven’t you? Well last week in Cairo a mob of 600 people armed with guns made their way to an Evangelical Church and painted a slogan on the wall saying, "Death to the worshipers of the cross!"

      Praying inside was a church pastor with some 30 young people. They assumed the destruction of the building was inevitable but prayed for a miracle.

      They damaged the downstairs bookshop. But then a man told the crowd to stop because Christians from that church had come to his aid and tended his wounds when he was hurt in the revolution. Another Muslim man told the crowd these were the Christians who had offered them water to wash with before their Muslim prayers. The crowd went silent, turned around and went on their way.

      http://www.persecution.com/

      Not only can you pray, but you can help.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      God says if "my people" will repent and turn from their wicked ways I will heal their land. I believe that includes giving us a leader who would do great things for this nation.

      So I believe Christians should be praying for one another that we, all of God's children, will repent and turn from our wicked ways and turn to God, so He will heal our land.

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      James 4 years ago from Maine, USA

      David Campeau Jr.,

      Don't put your trust in any human or institution of worldly origin. Put your trust in God. Changing the laws of government has done nothing to prevent evil from happening, nor will it ever. To prevent evil from happening, people must give up their worldly lusts and admit they are sinners, then submit to God and ask for forgiveness in Jesus' redeeming blood.

      The United States of America is not a special country of any significance in the grand scheme of things. The people are as fickle as the wind, and when the wind changes direction, people will follow it to their eventual destruction in the flames that it fuels. This country will one day be a Communist nation, make no doubt about it.

      Do not strive in vain to change what is already written. The book of Revelation is clear that a one-world system rises up out of the ashes of a great cataclysm, and in its wake comes a false utopia; a false peace.

      "But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, PEACE AND SAFETY; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." - 1st Thessalonians chapter 5, verse 1 to 3.

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      David Campeau Jr 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      tlmcgaa70 Apparently you missed Ron Paul who is certainly a God fearing man. At www.teamlaw.net we are working on restoring this nation by re-seating the original jurisdiction government. I suggest everyone reading this take a look at what we are doing as we could use all of the help we can get.

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      James 4 years ago from Maine, USA

      Michael Jon,

      1 Samuel 8:18. Good luck...

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      tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

      Michael Jon...first, i would like to say that there are no truly GOD fearing people running for office these days. second, GOD puts who HE wants in positions of power, with or without anyone voting. that is why, regardless of if they be good or evil, we are not to speak against them or disobey them (unless what they say contradicts what GOD says causing you to choose between obedience to them or to GOD). third, i have heard that america is our promised land...this is false thinking. there was only one promised land...and it was for the Israelites. we came to this land and proceeded to destroy the lives of the people indigenous to it, which we had no right to do and certainly didnt have GOD order or approval to do. GOD is not going to "heal and uphold" this land. it is far to late for that. look around you at this world. we are very near the end.

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      Michael Jon 4 years ago from St. Louis

      Your vote does matter. This nation (U.S.) is sustained by the power of God. It's very existence is an answer to the prayers of His people. We, as His people must continue to obey the Lord and prey as He directs us, "For kings and for all that hold authority..." (1 Timothy 2:2). The Lord will heal and uphold our land.

      What should we do about getting ungodly, dishonest politicians out of office? Vote! Putting your head in the sand does no good, because faith without works is dead. Your ballot is your seed, plant it in faith and obedience.

      Vote for God fearing men and women who uphold principles of righteousness. Then pray and let the Most High God handle the rest.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      James,

      I actually thought about doing the very same thing ---writing in Jesus' name. He is already the Lord over all anyway, and God is still in control. This is what we must remember at all times, as these times are going to get much worse. We must stand firm.

      God bless you.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Shri Mc 4 years ago

      Amen!

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      James 4 years ago from Maine, USA

      "To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever." - Psalm 30:12!

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      Shri Mc 4 years ago

      Right you are and soon they will be telling us we can't say it anymore so do it on hubspages in recent future. The more people realise what is coming the sooner they will wake up. Not all can be saved but do what you can. Thanks

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      James 4 years ago from Maine, USA

      Ah okay. I don't have a "public" FB account. I don't want people I don't know from real life on there, messaging people who know me personally. Had bad experiences with that.

      Thank ya, dear :)

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      tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

      ceegan, to the right of your article you will see "like this hub?" and below it you will see the facebook like button, then under that is the tweet button, then the pin it button and under those is "hubpages follower" click on the "hubpages followers" to share a hub with your list of followers. click the facebook like button to share the hub to facebook and same with the tweet and pin it buttons to their respective sites. i think oyu have to have a pin it account to share to that site. i have both tweet and fb...so when i share to those all i need todo is share to tweet and it is automatically shared to fb as that is how i have my twitter set up.

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      James 4 years ago from Maine, USA

      Hey all you's, thanks for visiting and reading!

      Faith Reaper,

      I think that if I do vote, I'm going to write-in Jesus, lol. I would love to see what the media would have to say if Jesus got even just 10% of the vote! My guess is they'd go nuts.

      tlm,

      Hey there :)

      How do you "share" a hub via hubpages? I'm still learning. Thanks again for stoppin' by!

      Shri Mc,

      Yes yes and yes, I'm going to start writing about some of those things, too. It's about to get crazy, but the time for miracles is fast approaching. God is with us!

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      Shri Mc 4 years ago

      Incredible. Let No man be your God. I live by this Law. I also live in the shadows of reality so for the sake of the People I choose the lesser poison. In a day of Fema camps While whole Nations are brought to ruin to promote the Agenda of those who call themselves Elite as if We have no God appointed to the Poor. God specializes in the liberation of the Poor and those wicked know this. Stay in this way as you are Strong.

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      tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

      excellant hub! this is exactly why i am not voting. people believe they are in control of things when in truth only GOD is. the person who wins this election will be the one GOD wants...as it always has been. these people are chosen to continue to bring GODs plans to fruition. if i canot in good conscience support a person fully i am sure not going to vote for them. but neither will i complain about the way things are going. how can i? i can see where we are headed, and to me it is exciting to know we are very close to the end. this voting issue brings out the passion in people though, even turning family against family, as my sister showed when she told me she wont have anything to do with a non voter. to me, it isnt love if you let such a thing come between you. voted up and shared

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, James, excellent write here. I can tell you worked very hard on this hub with great detail. This is very thought-provoking indeed with some of the points you have made about voting, etc. I am guilty of saying that, "lesser of two evils," but you are right. I really wish there was a third choice, but we know who is still in control, as all this shall come to pass. We must remain sober and viligant, and I have been in many of personal battles (spiritual warfare) myself, and know all too well, how the enemy will come at us like a roaring lion seeking to kill, steal and destroy. Don't forget to put your armor on dear one. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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