Blog Posts on Government

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Jon Bloom

July 4th is the day we commemorate the Continental Congress’s declaration of independence from the nation of Great Britain. People still debate over whether or not Britain’s offenses warranted colonial secession and war. Regardless, it was a bold, very risky move for the signers of the Declaration.

Looking back over 238 years, with America now an affluent global superpower, it’s hard for Americans to get a sense for just…

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Born Again on the Fourth of July

David Mathis

For those of us in the States, the time is here again for our midsummer’s patriotic respite.

For many, the Fourth of July means parades and picnics, hot dogs and Coca-Cola, ice cream and apple pie, baseball and bombs bursting in air. In God’s good providence, the adoption of Jefferson’s Declaration in 1776 happened during one of the best weather weeks of the year in this hemisphere. And so for…

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The Gospel's Influence on the American Republic

Jonathan Parnell

The founders of the United States of America were not trying to create a Christian nation in 1776. But they did view the Christian faith as beneficial to the type of republic they hoped to form. The man who led the way in articulating this benefit was John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian minister and influential founder who flies under the radar of most American history classes.

Witherspoon contended that the contribution…

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Being Pro-Life Christians Under a Pro-Choice President

John Piper

That is the title of a sermon I preached January 17, 1993, three days before Bill Clinton was inaugurated president. It is just as relevant—or more—today.

The text was 1 Peter 2:17, “Honor the king.” I closed with eight ways to honor a pro-choice president. The seventh was this:

We will honor you by expecting from you straightforward answers to straightforward questions. We would not expect this from a…

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Grateful for (Almost) Any Government

John Piper

How does the Bible instruct us to pray for “all who are in high positions”? It says,

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God…

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A Prayer for the Election

John Piper

Father in heaven, as we approach this election on Tuesday, I pray

1) that your people will vote,

2) and that they will vote with a sense of thankfulness for a democratic system that at least partially holds in check the folly and evil in all our hearts so that power which corrupts so readily is not given to one group or person too easily;

3) that we would know…

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Thoughts on Voting and Politics

John Piper

A few days ago I recorded a video about the upcoming election.

Here is a four-minute version that goes straight to the heart of the matter titled, “The Most Important Issues In This Election.”

Outline:

  1. Prophetic perspective
  2. Sovereignty of God
  3. Gospel

There is also a seven-minute version that includes the shorter one but includes three more perspectives. This one is titled “John Piper’s Heart In This Election

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Practicing Politics as Former Fools

David Mathis

Titus 3 speaks a timely word during election season. Paul charges Titus,

Remind [the people] to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. (verses 1-2)

God doesn't send his church into the political fray with a strut and an open mouth…

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A Caution to Political Candidates

John Piper

Not everything is complex when it comes to politics. Here’s something that is clear and simple and fearful. If political figures don’t humble themselves and give glory to God when they are praised for their speeches, they will be eaten by worms.

Now:

On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them. And the people were shouting,…

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