Some would say that a country is only as good as its government.
In one sense that could be correct. If we use South America, Africa and the Middle East as examples, we have seen that without steadfast governing authorities, any country could be thrown into turmoil at any moment.
The belief is that when the people have a voice, and take part in the elected political office, some sense of order is feasible. However, we have witnessed many countries who have elected their leaders, then soon after, the people turned on the leader and broke down the system. The latter problem seemingly always happening in one of the above listed regions.
There has to be a connection with the people themselves. There are certain countries that seem plagued with political and social unrest, with no hope in sight. Experts point to race, religion or social class. Regardless of the reason, issues continue to devastate certain political systems across our world.
So what about us in the Western world? Sure, we complain about a lot of things within our government systems. But very few of us see overthrowing political powers as a beneficial concept! Most of us simply shrug our shoulders and wait for the next election, hoping for a better leader.
Some might see our perspective as a passive approach, but I think the right word would be submissive. Furthermore, I believe a submissive approach is the Biblical model and I believe God shows His favour on us for it.
By keeping clear perspectives and not taking matters into our own hands, we leave room for God to move within the people and our leaders. It’s not really about believing in a political system, it’s about believing that God is ultimately overseeing that system. A movement against the system would be a slippery slope towards a movement against God’s oversight.
Instead of overthrowing any governing authority, it would be better to pray fervently and vote wisely.
Looking for further study on a Biblical perspective of government? Take a few moments to check out some recently updated posts, all related to God’s Governing Authorities.
- The Biblical Significance of God’s Governing Authorities
- Did Paul Submit to Government?
- Would You Prefer Emperor Nero Over Your Current Leader?
- Would You Consider Yourself a Good Citizen?
- Was Jesus Against the Roman Government?
- Can We Change a Nation?
Do you trust our current political system? Why or why not?
Wondering why I’m updating my archived posts? Click HERE for a brief explanation.