If people were angels and had no sin there would be no need for government. Since people are sinful and need to be restrained in their evil ways, God in His wisdom established government with this mandate: “Let every soul be subject to the governing authority. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God….For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Romans 13:1-4).
That government is composed of sinful people presents a problem. The framers of the Constitution of the United States, being familiar with the Bible which declares “The heart of man is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9), provided the three branches of government for one to restrain the other.
Christians are urged to pray for “all who are in authority, that we may lead quiet and peaceful lives in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:2), a worthy goal in itself. This passage goes on to imply that such quiet and peaceful lives are the setting in which this Good News may be proclaimed: “God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all” (2:4-6). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to thank God that until now the U.S. government has provided this setting. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.