by James Perloff — via (henrymakow.com) June 23, 2013
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves. Romans 13: 2-1
When the Bible was written, “government” usually meant kings and emperors. It’s true that the ancient Greeks experimented with democracy, and the Romans with a republic. But from the time of Christ until about 200 years ago, most nations were monarchies. Emperors reigned in China for over 2,000 years until 1911. The czars governed Russia until 1917; the Kaisers Germany until 1918. All the European countries – Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, etc. – were once overseen by kings.
But where are all the monarchs now? Mostly gone or reduced to figureheads. The government forms of the two last centuries – republics, democracies, communism, socialism, fascism – were relatively new.
What type of government exists in heaven? Socialism? A democracy where we elect a new God every four years? Of course, it’s a monarchy, under “God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” (1 Tim 6:15)
Earthly monarchs could be very bad; some were notoriously cruel. Nevertheless, monarchy was the form of government most clearly structured on heaven’s model.
Also: In Eden, how did Satan persuade Adam and Eve to disobey God and eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? The Bible says:
He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will surely die.'”
“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The core of the temptation was “you will be like God.” The entire “power to the people” movement – from communism to democracy – involved a similar temptation. It’s as though Satan said, “Did God say to obey kings? He didn’t mean that. Just get rid of those kings, and you’ll have the political power, you’ll all be kings! So, send King Louis to the guillotine! Murder the Czar and his family! Throw off King George! Power to the people, baby!”
Of course, I don’t equate the American Revolution with the Russian Revolution. But God’s model for government was monarchy. Had we not eliminated kings, Christians wouldn’t face the problems they do today – abortion, banning of school prayer, etc. Christian monarchs would not have allowed these developments. However imperfect he may have been, the personal motto of Czar Nicholas II was: “Christ Above All.” On older European coins, you’ll see crosses and other Christian emblems. Many British coins, for example, were marked with the Latin “Fid def” – short for fidei defensor, “defender of the faith.” Yes, kings could be tyrants, but could also uphold God’s commandments.
Suppose that under Austrian emperor Franz Joseph, someone had proposed gay marriage. He would have said: “No! God shall not be mocked! By my royal decree, there shall be no homosexual marriage!” End of story. God wanted rulers with the power to enforce his laws….
While European monarchs inscribed crosses and “defender of the faith” on their coins, we Americans put Lady Liberty on ours. We have the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty. Don’t get me wrong – I’m for liberty, but when you make it a kind of idol, is it surprising that people eventually demand the liberty to have abortions or redefine marriage?