If God’s Kingdom began to influence human government, what would it look like? There was a time not long ago when I would have been utterly clueless about that question. The church wasn’t teaching it, and certainly Christian bookstores weren’t overrun with titles on the subject. Yet government is a huge part of life, and God did not leave us in the dark. So we’ll begin this short study with a look at the ideal, and then move on to the practical. (Since we’re still living in a fallen world, we need to examine how to influence our fallen, imperfect government with the perfect government of God).
The first two things about kingdom government is that it begins with God, (not man), and it governs not from the halls of power, but from the hearts of servants. Unless we firmly grasp the humility of God’s government we will become a stumbling block to our neighbors as we champion politics over love and relationship. It’s difficult to point to a loving God and a selfless Kingdom in the heat of a political debate.
This is the government of the Kingdom: “I will put my laws in their heart, and write them on their mind.” (Hebrews 10:16)
And what is the law? “To love God with all your heart, and to love your neighbor as yourself” Matt. 22:38-40
Imagine a world, or even just a community where that simple law was universally honored. Where would be the need for policemen, judges, prisons, divorce courts, and the Better Business Bureau? Obviously we’re talking about the ideal. But here’s the thing: Even though this simple “self-government” of love may never fully blossom in our present world, to the degree that it does, it will influence everything around us, including the government we do have. The more citizens are yielded to the love of God, the smaller the need will be for a large civil government with its laws and regulations. That’s where we’ll start in the next post.