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God and Government          Romans 13:1-8

God has a limited purpose for government; I will be an involved citizen who puts God first.

The Default Setting for believers is to ____________________ to all appropriate authorities

The biblical position is that __________________ are to be respected and honored even when we don’t respect the people in those offices.    I Timothy 2:1-4

Believers are to ________________ God’s Sovereignty in allowing the State’s authority

All of man’s kingdoms are _____________ compared to God’s eternal Kingdom – and He will uproot those who continue to defy His truth.             Jeremiah 18:7-10

The pages of the Bible illustrate in dramatic ways how God uses even bad governments to accomplish His sovereign ____________.

God has some basic ___________________ of human governments believers appreciate

When human authorities require their citizens to disobey God, civil disobedience is an act of ____________________.

Daniel 3:17-18                                  Acts 4:19-20

Everyone here has their own Daniel 3 or Acts 4 moment coming – in that moment, worship God through your ____________ to Him!


“Christians are to do their duty as best they can. But even when they feel that they are making no difference, that they are failing to bring Christian values to the public arena, success is not the criteria. Faithfulness is.”         -Chuck Colson 


L_____________ all, W__________________ One!


Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith and honor of our king and country… -Beginning of Mayflower Compact, Nov. 11, 1620


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.               -Declaration of Independence


If we are not governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants.  -William Penn


Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation (the Bible), depend all human laws.                              -William Blackstone


Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.            -George Washington


Laws without morals are in vain.    -Ben Franklin


Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?                          -Thomas Jefferson


We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.                       -John Adams


When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility.     -Noah Webster


To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.                   -Theodore Roosevelt


History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.                        -Douglas MacArthur


Excise belief in God and you are left with only two principals: the individual and the state. In this situation, however, there is no mediating structure to generate moral values and, therefore, no counterbalance to the inevitable ambitions of the state.                    -Chuck Colson