October 05, 2015

Don't Waste Your Government

Like most libertarians, I'm very critical of the state. To put it bluntly, I consider the state to be a parasitic, professional criminal organization built on theft and extortion.

I'm also a Bible-believing Christian. Other Christians sometimes wonder how I reconcile my political views with my Christian faith. The Bible does clearly teach that the state has been ordained by God (Romans 13:1-2). Moreover, God uses the state for a good purpose (Romans 13:3-4, 6). The question is: How can an institution ordained and used by God be inherently immoral?

It's simple. God ordains everything (Proverbs 16:33; 21:1; Isaiah 45:7; Matthew 5:45). He uses all things for good (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:11). The fact that God uses all things for good does not mean that those things are good in and of themselves. Take cancer, for example. No one would argue that cancer is a good thing. Yet, no one bats an eye when John Piper writes a booklet called Don't Waste Your Cancer. We have no problem understanding that God uses suffering and sickness for the sanctification of his saints. The state is no different. It is a cancer on society.
The state is evil. But it is an evil that fits perfectly into God's providential plan. It is an evil that God uses for the good of his people and the glory of his name. It is for this reason and not any sort of divine imprimatur that believers are called to submit to the state (and this submission, I should add, is qualified and limited).

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