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Biblical & constitutional government

May 25, 2012

Biblical & constitutional government

{{_ {{_ {{_ It did not have to be outright murder.}} }}
{{_ Ah, but it wasn’t murder. Your president was acting completely in accordance with the legal powers vested in his office.}}

The orders of a tyrant or would-be-tyrant do not change the definition of murder.

Murder is an impeachable offense.

Criminal offenses while in office by a head of state or gorvenment should generally not be criminally prosecuted, particularly if committed ex officio. An egregious criminal offense might be punished by well furnished isolated imprisionment on a island, as with Napoleon. Lesser offenses by later judicial censure, perhaps. The top national or governmental  office should be respected. He is a national chief steward directly responsible to God in many ways, and that office, with its authority and responsibily, ought to be respected by special treatment of the man who holds or has held it. Charles I was correct in doubting that he had the authority to follow custom in his particular case and forgive his executioner.

{{_ {{_ Governments exist for the cause of justice.}}
{{_ No. Governments exist to administer the powers of the state. Justice is but one of these powers, and not necessarily the most important one either. The state has an obligation to defend itself against its enemies and reserves the right to use force against them if necessary.}}

Thanks for a substantive and concise statement of a philosophy of government that has been widely held and widely practised.

Authority and responsibility are providentially given to individuals, not groups, not even structured groups, not even intracately structured, thouroughly and minutely regulated groups.

One reason for this is that individuals are created in the image of God and have eternal existance and have access to eternal values.

Groups may pretend to these attributes. But this is obvious folly and has been shown to be such in many ways througout history. (Special groups such as biblical Israel and the Church are exceptions in quite limited ways. Their special realms are temporal.)

Scripture seems to demonstrate that the practice and application of Justice is central to the institution of human government.

(Gen 9:5-6 NKJ) Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. 6 “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.

(Rom 13:1-4 NKJ) Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.

Our Constitution places the separate legislative, executive, and judicial officers as servants to a sovereign People as well as each officer being a direct servant of God. The president, as head of state and of government, is particularly a direct servant of God in many ways, including being a personal representation of the sovereign People’s service to the Creator.

The Constitution also reserves unenumerated powers to the several states and to the People. So there is a dual sovereignty held by the People of the Nation and separately held by the people of the individual state. It is particularly important that the general police powers remain with or are returned to the several states. And that the right of the People to freely form free associations with their own rules, including rules of inclusion and exclusion, be restored or maintained.

Such a marvelous division of authority and responsibility is a good start on the provision of freedom to individuals and freely associated groupts.

But an allegiance to a completely sovereign and biblical God must be maintained to some degree. Many more than Sodom’s ten righteous persons are needed.

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