What qualifies as “good” government and “bad” government? Does God have anything to say about it? Yes, He says plenty.
And if we look closely, it might surprise us to realize our Constitution goes hand-in-hand with the Bible.
1 Timothy 1:2 says, “There I exhort first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings (or presidents in the case of America) and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet ad peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
Does God care if we have a good government?
Well, according to the verse above, not only are we to pray for those in authority and in our government, but it is to be done FIRST! God obviously cares what is happening. Does it make sense we would pray for bad government? Let’s look further.
In Derek Prince’s book, Shaping History Through Prayer and Fasting, he asks the question, “Does the kind of government we live under affect the way we live? Obviously, it does.”
How? Because the form of government over a country determines how and if the gospel can be preached.
Is that something God cares about? We know He does!
Let’s go a step further and look for the connection between good government and the preaching of the gospel. Which kind of government makes it easier to preach the gospel—good government or bad government?
To answer that question let’s contrast the effects of good and bad government as they relate to the preaching of the gospel.
A good government:
- Maintains law and order
- Promotes a sound infrastructure
- Keeps communications open
- Preserves civil liberty
- Protects freedom of speech and freedom of assembly
It is interesting to note that nearly all these points are covered in the U.S. Constitution and provide a climate in which the gospel can be preached effectively.
On the other hand, characteristics of a bad government are:
- A break-down of law and order
- Permits unsafe conditions for citizens
- Censors communication and free speech
- Restricts freedom of assembly
- Destroys infrastructure
- Imposes unjust and arbitrary restrictions
Based on those characteristics a bad government hinders the effective preaching of the truth.
What kind of government is America now under?
Prince stated in 1973, “At its worst, bad government either restricts or totally suppresses the universal right of all people to believe in God and to express their faith by public worship and proclamation.”
He continued, “In one degree or another, we see these conditions in countries under communist or totalitarian rule today.”
Although Prince wrote that description almost fifty years ago, it very clearly describes America today under the Biden administration.
We are now under a government in which:
- Lawlessness rules.
- Conditions for citizens have become unsafe as police are defunded and removed.
- Life in the womb is not protected. Instead, baby parts are auctioned to the highest bidder.
- Christians are censored and pastors arrested.
- An “infrastructure” bill introduced to spend over 2 TRILLION dollars has more to do with passing popular liberal projects and increased frivolous spending than actual infrastructure.
- Unjust and arbitrary restrictions are created and imposed upon law-abiding citizens which don’t apply to illegal immigrants or liberals.
Without a doubt, America is currently under bad government—which hinders the gospel.
Let’s look again at 1 Timothy 2:1-4 from a logical progression of its meaning:
- The first ministry and outreach of believers when we come together should be prayer.
- The first specific topic for prayer should be government.
- We are to pray for good government.
- God desires all people to have the truth of the gospel preached to them.
- Good government facilitates the preaching of the gospel, while bad government hinders it.
- Therefore, we can come to no other conclusion but that God is for good government.
While the Left has worked for years to brainwash Americans to believe the church is supposed to stay out of government because of “separation of church and state,” the truth is there is no such law or suggestion in our Constitution.
For those who don’t know, the term “separation of church and state” was a reference made by Thomas Jefferson in his letter to the Danbury Baptists where he expressed concern that GOVERNMENT might one day encroach upon the rights of the church.
That is what is happening today.
Our founding fathers understood the need to protect the Church from a tyrannical government which is why they wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Most of us are very familiar with that part of the Declaration of Independence, but less familiar to the important words that follow:
“That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. (That would be us!) That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.”
It is imperative that we understand the protections our founding fathers put into place. They worked to safeguard the newly established country of America knowing that there are evil people who would try to take her over.
Having fought to escape the tyranny of Britain, they wrote as a reminder, that it is THE PEOPLE who must fight against a tyrannical government.
How do we do that? We know the first step which is found in I Timothy 2:1-4. We are to pray for good government.
Lord, we pray for the United States of America. We are grateful for the words and instruction of the founding fathers who fought there way out of tyranny. May we learn from them now as we pray for our government—for a GOOD government. Lord we pray for a government with godly leaders who will honor You and follow after Your heart. We pray that they will allow the gospel to be shared freely and places of worship open to honor You. We pray that our governmental leaders will heed our Constitution and Bill of Rights rather than trample it beneath their feet.
We bind the spirit of lawlessness and pray for protection over the citizens of this nation and our police officers and military who put their lives on the line to protect us. We pray that censorship of Truth will be stopped and that the lying lips will be silenced which speak arrogantly against the righteous with pride and contempt. Thank you, Lord for showing yourself strong on our behalf.
Declaration: We declare that America will have a good government with godly leaders who walk in the fear of the Lord.
(Some insights for this post taken from Derek Prince’s book, “Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting”)