Order in Society and in the Church
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 13 Wednesday
The lesson states,
“For both Peter and Paul, government authorities have been put in place by God Himself to act as a check against those who would do evil.”
Does this mean that human governments govern as God governs, using God’s methods and represent God’s kingdom?
Does this mean they have the divine right of kings?
Does this mean God endorses and supports what human governments do? Did God supported slavery in Rome or in America when the governments practiced slavery?
No! Don’t confuse the reality that God’s principles of order are manifested in orderly governments to minimize chaos and anarchy with the idea that human governments represent God and His methods; they do NOT.
Jesus said, “My kingdom is NOT of this world.”
The last paragraph states,
“Peter would no doubt share Paul’s conviction that good church governance is important too. Paul insists, “Let all things be done decently and in order” in church worship services.”
Are we to run the church like human governments run their states?
Is order in the church supposed to come from authoritarian measures, coercion, censure, threats dictator like tactics?
Or is order in the church supposed to come from loving one another like Christ loves the church seeking the best for each other?
The great controversy is not over power, but over who is telling the truth. God has been accused of the abuse of power and of a failure to tell the truth. Such charges cannot be met by force. To resort to force would only worsen the matter, as if to suggest, “I don’t have evidence, so now I must intimidate you with power.” And so God chose the only way— the long and painful, and costly and apparently weak way as some regard it—of teaching, of explanation, of demonstration.
Finally he sent his Son. And the way he treated people, the things he taught about his Father, and most particularly, the unique and awful way that he died was the clearest demonstration of the truth about God and his government that the universe will ever see or ever need. Sadly though, religion often fails to use God’s methods. Thus it is often religion that most seriously misrepresents our God. Religion through the centuries has resorted instead to claims and pronouncements, and force, even persecution, and a great deal of pomp and power—methods God does not use. How dare we mortals try!
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