The Bible or the Bayonet
Updated: Sep 24, 2021
In our current series, Restoring Foundations, we are discovering biblical truths about 5 fundamental realities that affect every aspect of our lives. This week, we are continuing to look at Reality #4, Liberty, God and Government.
'Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; And the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.' Psalm 33:12 KJV
Good government acknowledges God just as the United States’ founding fathers did four different times while writing the Declaration of Independence. All 50 of our state constitutions acknowledge God as does our national motto: In God We Trust, our Pledge of Allegiance and our national anthem. Many countries acknowledge God in their foundations but over the years have steadily moved away from those foundations and away from seeking God in their decision-making process.
A major tactic of the enemy has always been to use the institution of government to infringe on the rights given to the institutions of family and church. A good government protects the freedom of conscience (religion) and remains consistent with the moral law of God. As believers, we know that maintaining a clear conscience is a matter of the heart and our desire to fulfill the Word of God in our lives. The following quote is from Robert Winthrop, Speaker of the US House of Representatives in 1848 and is still valid today:
Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power
without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.
If ever there was a time when men and women who cherish the ideals of the founders of the British and American Constitutions should take earnest counsel with one another, that time is now. -- Winston Churchill
Join us next week as we discuss government and its God-given boundaries.
Upstream Worldwide Ministries