God and Government

God and Government

How should the kingdom of God affect the kingdoms of this world?


We learn early in school about the different branches of government. We discuss terms like "balance of powers" and play out scenarios of one branch of our government acting as a check on another branch. On paper, with textbook diagrams, government looks clean and simple. But in real life it is neither.

Every society is built upon a set of mores—moral and ethical principles—that shape specific laws and regulations within its borders. While these mores usually reflect a majority philosophy or set of values, they are rarely absolute or unchallenged. This study looks at the nature of government and how Christianity interacts with it on controversial issues.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Psalms 82; Romans 13:1–7


• Identify the Current Issue

• Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: God is sovereign.

Teaching point two: National governments are part of God's plan for human society.

Teaching point three: Citizenship responsibilities for Christians may take a variety of forms.

• Apply Your Findings

• Recommended Resources


• "What Would William Wilberforce Do?," by Leith Anderson, 2007

Total number of pages

  • Acrobat PDF Document
  • SMG-BS0142-D