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Christian Politics and Sovereignty

QUESTION: Christian Politics – Sovereignty Apart from God


Human governments almost always wind up overstepping their God-ordained role. Today, many political leaders, as well as leaders in other disciplines, do not understand their place in God’s universe. Their false perspectives often result in the usurpation of God’s sovereignty, which covers everyone and everything everywhere for all time (Psalm 103:19). Trusting individuals or the state rather than God results in a power-hungry and abusive state. Charles Colson says, “Excise belief in God and you are left with only two principals: the individual and the State. In this situation, however, there is no mediating structure to generate moral values and, therefore, no counterbalance to the inevitable ambitions of the State.”1 William Penn concludes, “If we are not governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants.”2

Christian Politics – What About Global Government?
Today, some worldviews (such as Secular Humanism, Marxism, and to a lesser extent Postmodernism) advocate global government to serve as the ultimate political and economic authority to advance humanity’s evolution. If they prevail in their movement toward “a new world order”3 and a complete abandonment of God, we may well experience the coming of the Anti-Christ.


Rendered with permission from the book,Understanding the Times: The Collision of Today’s Competing Worldviews(Rev. 2nd ed), David Noebel, Summit Press, 2006. Compliments of John Stonestreet, David Noebel, and the Christian Worldview Ministry at Summit Ministries. All rights reserved in the original.

1 Charles Colson, Kingdoms in Conflict (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1987), 226.
2 Francis A. Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto (Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1982), 34.
3 See Georgi Shakhnazarov, The Coming World Order (Moscow, USSR: Progress Publishers, 1981).

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