Hello, Reader Friends and New Subscribers. This is David Telbat. We desperately need to understand God’s intention for government in these days of political uncertainty and immorality. This is a reason that in COIL novels, the characters living for God have a primary goal easily identifiable. But this goal—to make disciples for Jesus—isn’t an earthly one.
It’s true I often involve governments in my books, but what is God’s intention for government? How can the Christian best understand God’s worldview of presidents, elections, and earthly kingdoms? Here are some of my thoughts as we all move together through this election season.
The Scope of Scripture
The whole scope of the Bible must be considered when analyzing such a broad subject as government. But in its basic element, God Himself intends to be our Ultimate Governor. However, Adam in the Garden rebelled from that ideal relationship, and determined to govern himself.
After the Flood, God instituted some governing laws for mankind (Gen 9)—if you draw blood (kill), you forfeit your life. This was meant to restrain murder, but to maintain perfect order among men, a king would need to be omniscient. Thus, we understand that God wasn’t telling men they would be perfect governors for themselves, but that instituting human government, even temporarily (until Christ), would illustrate that we need Him greatly.
So, we see God’s intention of government is to restrain evil (Romans 13), but it’s not His final intention for humanity to govern themselves. If that were the case, then God would be unnecessary.
The Lesson in Government
In preaching through Daniel recently, I was reminded of a profound lesson about kingdoms and governments. No matter the might of a king, or the expanse of a kingdom, or the good intentions of its leaders—the rule will always be flawed. Power corrupts when authority is left to human nature to govern itself. Man on his own isn’t the answer for man. God has shown, in allowing us to trek down this path of self-governing, that we desperately need Him!
The Book of Revelation is a book of Kingdom restoration from the self-government of man (under Satan), to the Messiah’s governing of man. Then, God will rule on earth forever over redeemed man because of the God-Man, Jesus Christ. Of course, those of us who have received Him as our Savior have passed into the legal realm of the government of God already—also called the Kingdom of God. As Christ-followers, we submit to His governing now. At least, we should.
COIL and Government Today
As the author of COIL suspense novels, I have the honor to illustrate in writing how Christians can live wholeheartedly for God while being citizens in whatever country they reside on earth. Long before God favored one country over another, His preference was always that His Kingdom would have preeminence. Our primary concern is not with man’s kingdom, but with God’s Kingdom, which includes saving souls for that final day.
The best candidate for President, the freest elections, the grandest promises, the finest speeches—these things are all fine, but fade in comparison to the business of saving souls. Our goal is to honor Christ and spend eternity with Him.
Let’s keep our primary concern based on God’s primary concern, which is to emphasize and glorify the One who can govern perfectly in our hearts and in our communities. Our Governor has a Kingdom which will never end (Daniel 2:44). That Kingdom is within us, not yet upon us. But soon it will be. This is why I write COIL novels. The King is coming!
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COMING UP: Next time, join us for D.I. Telbat’s short story, “The Prison Chaplain: One Last Job.” The following week, we have another peek into The COIL Legacy Prequel, Distant Boundary, in, “New Prequel, New Inspiration.”