But the greatest hope, of course, comes by holding forward the gospel and praying for God to transform hearts so that enemies become brothers, sinners become saints, and the heart is transformed by the Holy Spirit, not merely restrained by the sword of the State.
Religion is not a compartment that can be hermetically sealed off from the rest of life. It isn't a room in the house of your life, it is the foundation the entire home is built on.
If politics is the codification of laws and institutions that seek to bring about an orderly and flourishing society, then someone has to decide what ‘justice’ is and how it is administered. But who gets to decide?
The following is an unedited sermon manuscript; for an explanation of my sermon manuscripts, click here. *Originally preached in November 1, 2020* Sermon Audio: God's Government (Daniel) 28 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 and the king … Continue reading God’s Government (Dan 4:28-37)
What does the Bible tell us government is actually for? Is it exclusively for punishing criminals or waging war? Or is it responsible to provide societal benefits and infrastructure? I have been greatly helped in thinking through these issues by the writings of Jonathan Leeman (PhD, University of Wales), particularly his books How the Nations … Continue reading A Theology of the State
Imagine with me that the outcome of WWII was reversed. Nazi Germany wins and extends its dark empire across the globe. But also imagine that in time the dictatorship slowly evolves into a half-way form of democracy, allowing the people to vote to install cabinet members and defense secretaries and so on. Friedrich, a promising … Continue reading Slippery Words