Sabrina Braun Mr.
Miller Government 7 15 January, 2018 Roleand Form of Government Thefunction and role of government in the Bible is to provide justice andprotection; the system of the Bible is socialism, democracy, communism, or theocracy. Providingjustice and protection to people is very important in government. It shows thatsomeone cares for them and that when danger comes there will be someone toprotect them and provide justice for their loss if any. The system of the Bibleis socialism,democracy, communism, or theocracy because it depends on how you look at theBible. There is God, the most-high ruler, but there are also people put inplace by Him to rule over certain places. Also, not everybody has a say inthings, there are people who have higher authority than others.
InRussia, the ruler is Vladimir Putin,in the U.S. the ruler is Donald Trump, in North Korea the ruler is Kim Jong-un. In the Bible, however, it does say thatover everybody God is the highest ruler. Since God is not able to come downfrom Heaven and control everyone, He has different people rule over differentplaces for Him.
Romans 13:1-2 says, “Let every person be subject to thegoverning authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and thosethat exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists theauthorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incurjudgment.
” (The Origin) This talks about how Godis the official ruler of everything, however, He has given others theopportunity to rule over certain places for Him. ThoughGod can protect any way He wants, He has also given people other ways to giveor receive protection. Ezra 9:9 says, “Forwe are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extendedto us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some revivingto set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection in Judea andJerusalem.” (BibleGateway) Here it shows that people are able to get protectionand shelter in Persia, Judea, and Jerusalem. God has shown His love throughpeople on Earth, even if those people do not see or know it.
It does not matterwho or what people are, there will always be a place for you to stay, live, andbe protected. Inthe Bible, there are some places where theocracy is thought to be the system ofgovernment. “Judges 21:25 In those days therewas no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his owneyes.”(Types) The time period of this verse is the time whenpeople did what they thought was right for them. This is because God was theonly king and ruler in their minds, and nobody else could tell them what to do.There are also some places where it supports communism. John 13:34 says, “A new command I giveyou: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”(Types) This verseshows God telling people to love and care for each other like He does foreveryone. It is kind of like the phrase turn the other cheek, even if someoneis rude or mean to you show love to them no matter what. Democracy is supportedin Gen 11:4. “And they said,”Come, let us buildourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lestwe be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” (Types) The people are the ones whosaid these things, God never told these people to say these things. Therefore,democracy was set in place because there was no one ruler, everybody had a sayin this. In theBible, there is a basic function and role of the government; and that is toprotect the people and give them justice.
In this sense, as long as there issomeone or a group of people to give others life, liberty, and property thenthere is government and it doesn’t have to matter if it is a good government. Thereare multiple systems of government that are supported. There is no “onegovernment” said to be. However, in God’s eyes, the government would be a democracy.This is because God sees everyone equal, therefore, nobody has more power thansomeone else, nobody is better than somebody else. The only one who has themost power is God.
Citations”TheOrigin and Function of Government Under God.” Ligonier Ministries, Ligonier Ministries, www.ligonier.org/blog/origin-and-function-government-under-god/.
“BibleGateway.”BibleGateway – : protection, www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/? quicksearch=protection&qs_version=ESV.”Typesof Governments in the Bible.
” TrumpetCall, 4 Oct. 2016, trumpet- call.org/2016/10/04/type-of-governments-in-the-bible/.