Government Gone Bad

How environment can make a break a wealth creator

August 16, 2018 • Benham Brothers

* This verse shows the importance of good government. * A hardworking productive person can have their stuff taken away by a bad government. * The role of government is to praise the good and punish the wicked. * They do this so that we can have an environment that allows us to flourish. * As Christians we need to concern ourselves with discipling nations, not just people. * This means we have to be involved in shaping our environment so people can flourish. * Example - if you started a business in America you can make a lot of money. * But if you started the same business in North Korea there’s no chance.

God the Governor

How God gives us authority to govern • January 7, 2016 • Benham Brothers

• God forms and fills everything for man to govern the world we live in. • The world needed order first - then we could have dominion. • LIGHT has to come first - this is God’s presence. • Light did two things: • 1) SEPARATION - Holy means “set apart” - like a chocolate chip. • 2) GOVERN - the sun, moon, and stars are used to govern. • vs 22 - The first blessing - taking part in creation. • vs 28 - The difference in this blessing is that we have the authority to govern.

Justice and Covenant

How abusing the covenant leads to injustice • January 18, 2018 • Benham Brothers

* Gross sin demands justice. * Jacob’s sons were justified in their anger - justice needed to be served. * But they went about it in the wrong way. * When injustice happens we can rely on God or man. * You can go through God’s channel of justice or take matters into your own hands. * Jacob’s sons did the latter and it ended up badly for everyone. * The same is happening today - young kids demand justice but they’re going about it the wrong way. * They aren’t interested in justice according to God, but their own idea of what’s right. * So they’re looting cities and tearing down monuments. * vs 15-17 - ** when you are bent on your own form of justice it leads to the greatest injustice ** * Jacob’s sons used the sign of God’s covenant to kill innocent people. * Circumcision was God’s sign of peace with the Israelites, but it was now used selfishly to bully others. * Think about today - what’s the rainbow? * A sign of God’s covenant (peace with mankind). * How is it being used? To bully people. * God’s special covenant is being used wrongfully because of a cry for justice. * A cry for justice can only be quenched by a God who is just.

The Foundation for Civil Government

What God's command to Noah shows us about government • January 10, 2019 • Benham Brothers

* God had just given Noah instructions that he could eat animals, but he gave rules regarding it (don’t eat with the blood - vs 3-6). * God gave him rules on personal government before civil government. * One of the first blessings God gave to man was to involve him in the process of bringing life into the world. * After God reset the world by the Flood, God involved man in the process of removing life from the world. * Why? * So that people would honor life (murder was rampant before the flood). * Killing a human was a denial of the image of God and did violence to God Himself. * How would they remove life? * Through civil government. * Government is made for the orderly conduct of man in a fallen world. * It’s role is to punish those who do evil and praise those who do good (1 Peter 2:14). * Why government? To protect life. * God initiated government with a man who had a righteous heart (Proverbs 29:2). * It was Noah’s responsibility to pass government down so everyone would know it’s role. * Personal government is the foundation for civil government. * Moses simply codified civil government.