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LESSON 33: CHRISTIANITY AND GOVERNANCE

 

MEMORY VERSE – “And hast made us unto our God kings and priest:

and we shall reign on the earth.” – Revelation 5:10

BIBLE PASSAGE: Romans 13: 1-6

INTRODUCTION:

Governance is an act of administration: leading and exercising authority

over a group of people. God has called us into a life of influence, control

and dominion (Genesis 1:28). Christians are to take charge and the

issue of governance is no exception. As the light of the world, we are to

dispel the darkness of unrighteousness, sycophancy etc (Matthew 5:15-

16).

LESSON OUTLIENS

1. THE VIEW OF GOD ON GOVERNANCE

2. WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN GOVERNANCE

3. BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF THOSE WHO GOVERNED

THEVIEW OF GOD ON GOVERNANCE

God is the ultimate Governor who delegates the function to humans

(Romans 13:1, Genesis 45:8). It is one of the purpose for which the

spirit being called man was created (Genesis 1:26). It is a calling and

manifestation of the gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:28,

Romans 12:8). It is a tool for orderliness and sanity (Titus 1:5, Judges

21:250. It is instituted by God for administration, justice and general

welfare of citizens (Psalm 72:4). It should be submitted to (Romans 13:

1-2, Ephesians 6:5-8). Governance is servant hood; it is a means of

serving the governed (Matthew 20:27-28).

WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN GOVERNANCE

It is part of our mandate as believers to effect positive and lasting

change (Genesis 1:26; 41:33-38). To make righteous laws and decrees

that lead to national progress (Proverbs 14:34). To obey God’s

ordinance of submission to authority (1 Peter 2:13-14). To bring

blessings and breakthrough on the nation and fulfillment for her

citizenry (Proverbs 11:11). Governance is God’s institution and the

word of God and people of God should not be kept out of God’s

institution. Also, to avoid paying the costly price of bad leadership

(Romans 13:1-2).

BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF THOSE WHO GOVERNED

Civil governance was witnessed during the days of Noah. (Genesis 9:1-

3). Joseph governed in Egypt and Pharaoh was only greater than him on

the throne (Genesis 41:40-41). Joshua look over the baton of

governance from Moses who served as the judge and the priest of

Israel (Joshua 1:1-3; Judges 2:7). Deborah gave direction to Israel and

led the nation into victory against the threat and intimidation of the

adversary (Judges 4:4, 15-16). Nehemiah governed selflessly without

using the opportunity of governance to amass wealth (Nehemiah 5:14-

15). Daniel as a refuge had influence and was a president in Babylon

(Daniel 2:48-49, 6:1-4).

CONCLUSION

God instituted governance. It is not a secular concept or the creation of

people. Believers should, therefore, take their rightful place in deciding

the destiny of their nations and turn the kingdom of this world to the

kingdom of God which is God’s divine mandate for us.

QUESTIONS

1. What is God’s view on governance?

2. Why should Christians be involved in governance?

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