Government

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. – Romans 13:1-4

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. – Thomas Jefferson

As citizens living in the modern world, we tend to expect our governments to solve every problem we face. When a natural disaster devastates our community, we ask for government funding to rebuild. When our neighbor drops below the poverty line, we encourage him to seek aid from government programs. We look to the government to educate our children, sponsor the arts, and provide healthcare. No wonder it is referred to as the “savior State”.

The question is: Should the government be fulfilling these roles? According to Scripture, the government is responsible for maintaining security and preserving liberty. It has been given authority to punish evil and uphold good, but it has not been empowered to raise children, determine Church doctrine, or otherwise interfere with the sovereignty of the other social spheres. Its purpose is to provide the protection necessary for people operating in the other spheres to execute their roles and responsibilities before God.

By improperly expanding its authority, the government creates a number of problems in society. As citizen statesmen working in the realm of law and government, we must be diligent about pursuing policies that confine the State to its God-established jurisdiction.

The following resources are provided for informational use only and are not necessarily endorsed by Salt & Light Global. They should always be examined against Scripture, our primary resource. If you would like to add resources to this list, please contact us.

Books, Articles, & Journals

  1. Christian Citizenship Guide, Michael Wagner
  2. The Christian Philosophy of Law, Politics and the State, E.L. Hebden Taylor
  3. God & Government, Charles Colson
  4. God & Government: Biblical Principles for Today, Cornelis Van Dam
  5. God and Government, Vol.1: A Biblical and Historical Study, Gary DeMar
  6. God and Government, Vol. 2: Issues in Biblical Perspective, Gary DeMar
  7. The Law, Frederic Bastiat
  8. The Law above the Law, John Montgomery
  9. Natural Law for Lawyers, J. Budziszewski
  10. Politics According to the Bible, Wayne Grudem
  11. The Progressive Revolution: Liberal Fascism through the Ages, Ellis Washington
  12. Wall of Misconception: Does the Separation of Church & State mean the Separation of God and Government?, Peter Lillback
  13. Why Government Can’t Save You: An Alternative to Political Activism, John McArthur

Ministries, Organizations & Events

  1. Advocates International
  2. Alliance Defending Freedom
  3. American Center for Law & Justice
  4. ARPA Canada
  5. The Becket Fund
  6. ChristianConcern
  7. The Christian Institute
  8. Christian Law Institute
  9. Christian Legal Society
  10. Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview
  11. Cross & Gavel
  12. The Federalist Society
  13. The Heritage Foundation
  14. Jubilee Campaign
  15. Manhattan Declaration
  16. The National Center for Public Policy Research
  17. The Rutherford Institute
  18. Thomas More Law Center
  19. WallBuilders
  20. The Witherspoon Institute

Law Research Engines

  1. Campus Legal Information Clearinghouse
  2. FindLaw
  3. LawGuru
  4. Tarlton Law Library
  5. THOMAS (U.S. Library of Congress)