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So much of what our government does seems contrary to all that's sane. The runaway spending, confiscating wealth from the productive and channeling it to the indolent are just some of the ways that our government appears to have lost its mind.
During confusing times like these, we must anchor ourselves to first principles. For that reason I have, in an earlier article, stated that God, morality and law are necessarily connected. Furthermore, in an article entitled "A Theory of Legislation," I laid out why God’s law must apply today. In this article, I would like to review those concepts that provide the foundation for government. What follows are five basic concepts that are both derived from Christian theism and that are widely recognized as essential in advanced democratic societies. They are revelation, law, justice, constraint, and humanity.
Governments act contrary to these principles when they try to remove all symbols of religion from the public, when they ban prayers in government buildings and when their schools intimidate school children for carrying a Bible to school and reading it. Public officials need not promote religion, but they should support it and regularly acknowledge the God that is over government.
Revelation--The Divine Manifest First, God has revealed himself along with His standards of morality. This basic fact is most foundational and should be assumed by every public official. The fact that God exists is not only an assumption that America’s founding fathers made, it's also the most rational position to take. A universe without a Creator leads to the most absurd conclusions. Furthermore, God’s existence is agreed upon by the great monotheistic religions of today. Even though there are great differences between the religions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, they are largely in agreement about God’s standards of morality. All lawmakers are obligated to uphold God’s standards of morality in the laws that they pass.
God has revealed himself as sovereign; all rulers are first-and-foremost his ministers. This greatly changes the dynamics of political theory and practice because it puts all human authority under God. And if all human authority is under God, then those “ministers” are obligated to operate within the confines of his revealed standards of morality as reveled in the natural moral law and in the Bible.