What is Government?  govern =  government =
What is Government?  govern = to control, direct or strongly influence the actions & conduct of someone or something gover...
<ul><li>Do we need government? Why or why not?
What is anarchy?  </li></ul>
<ul><li>Do we need government? Why or why not?
What is anarchy?  </li><ul><li>The absence of government
What's the problem with this? </li></ul></ul>
<ul>James Madison: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” John Adams: “Whoever would found a state, and m...
Are government and politics the same?  <ul><li>What do we mean by politics? </li></ul>
Are government and politics the same?  <ul><li>What do we mean by politics? </li><ul><li>The science or conduct of governm...
politic = prudent, whatever is expedient </li></ul></ul>
Are government and politics the same?  <ul><li>What do we mean by politics? </li><ul><li>The science or conduct of governm...
politic = prudent, whatever is expedient
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying ...
Questions to ponder... <ul><li>What is the difference between freedom & license?
Why are people so upset about govt in America today?
If something is legal, does that make it right?
What do you think is the root cause of America's legal problems?
Are you proud to be an American?
Have you or your parents lived in another country? Do you/they prefer America or not? </li></ul>
What do the Scriptures say about Government? <ul><li>Exodus 20:1-17
Deut. 16:18-20
Deut. 19: 14-19 </li></ul>
What do the Scriptures say about Government? <ul><li>Exodus 20:1-17
Ten Commandments, incl. Thou shalt not murder, steal, or bear false witness
Deut. 16:18-20
Deut. 19: 14-19 </li></ul>
What do the Scriptures say about Government? <ul><li>Exodus 20:1-17
Ten Commandments, incl. Thou shalt not murder, steal, or bear false witness
Deut. 16:18-20
Judges should seek justice & not take bribes or show partiality
Deut. 19: 14-19 </li></ul>
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Week 1 what is govt & biblical view of govt

  1. 1. What is Government? govern = government =
  2. 2. What is Government? govern = to control, direct or strongly influence the actions & conduct of someone or something government = a system by which a state or people are governed or controlled by the use of force
  3. 3. <ul><li>Do we need government? Why or why not?
  4. 4. What is anarchy? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Do we need government? Why or why not?
  6. 6. What is anarchy? </li><ul><li>The absence of government
  7. 7. What's the problem with this? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul>James Madison: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” John Adams: “Whoever would found a state, and make proper laws for the government of it, must presume that all men are bad by nature.” </ul>
  9. 9. Are government and politics the same? <ul><li>What do we mean by politics? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Are government and politics the same? <ul><li>What do we mean by politics? </li><ul><li>The science or conduct of government having to do with elections, candidates, political parties, political posturing, etc.
  11. 11. politic = prudent, whatever is expedient </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Are government and politics the same? <ul><li>What do we mean by politics? </li><ul><li>The science or conduct of government having to do with elections, candidates, political parties, political posturing, etc.
  13. 13. politic = prudent, whatever is expedient
  14. 14. “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.” – Ernest Benn </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Questions to ponder... <ul><li>What is the difference between freedom & license?
  16. 16. Why are people so upset about govt in America today?
  17. 17. If something is legal, does that make it right?
  18. 18. What do you think is the root cause of America's legal problems?
  19. 19. Are you proud to be an American?
  20. 20. Have you or your parents lived in another country? Do you/they prefer America or not? </li></ul>
  21. 21. What do the Scriptures say about Government? <ul><li>Exodus 20:1-17
  22. 22. Deut. 16:18-20
  23. 23. Deut. 19: 14-19 </li></ul>
  24. 24. What do the Scriptures say about Government? <ul><li>Exodus 20:1-17
  25. 25. Ten Commandments, incl. Thou shalt not murder, steal, or bear false witness
  26. 26. Deut. 16:18-20
  27. 27. Deut. 19: 14-19 </li></ul>
  28. 28. What do the Scriptures say about Government? <ul><li>Exodus 20:1-17
  29. 29. Ten Commandments, incl. Thou shalt not murder, steal, or bear false witness
  30. 30. Deut. 16:18-20
  31. 31. Judges should seek justice & not take bribes or show partiality
  32. 32. Deut. 19: 14-19 </li></ul>
  33. 33. What do the Scriptures say about Government? <ul><li>Exodus 20:1-17
  34. 34. Ten Commandments, incl. Thou shalt not murder, steal, or bear false witness
  35. 35. Deut. 16:18-20
  36. 36. Judges should seek justice & not take bribes or show partiality
  37. 37. Deut. 19: 14-19
  38. 38. Forbids perjury (lying under oath) & requires testimony of 2 or 3 witnesses to convict someone </li></ul>
  39. 39. More Scriptures <ul><li>Isaiah 33:22
  40. 40. Matthew 22:15-21
  41. 41. John 19:10-11 </li></ul>
  42. 42. More Scriptures <ul><li>Isaiah 33:22
  43. 43. Three branches of law: legal, executive & judicial
  44. 44. Matthew 22:15-21
  45. 45. John 19:10-11 </li></ul>
  46. 46. More Scriptures <ul><li>Isaiah 33:22
  47. 47. Three branches of law: legal, executive & judicial
  48. 48. Matthew 22:15-21
  49. 49. Pay your taxes & understand difference between earthly & heavenly duties
  50. 50. John 19:10-11 </li></ul>
  51. 51. More Scriptures <ul><li>Isaiah 33:22
  52. 52. Three branches of law: legal, executive & judicial
  53. 53. Matthew 22:15-21
  54. 54. Pay your taxes & understand difference between earthly & heavenly duties
  55. 55. John 19:10-11
  56. 56. Government's power comes from God </li></ul>
  57. 57. And more Scriptures: <ul><li>Acts 5:29 & Phil. 3:20
  58. 58. Romans 13:1-7 & I Peter 2:13-17
  59. 59. I Timothy 2:1-3 </li></ul>
  60. 60. And more Scriptures: <ul><li>Acts 5:29 & Phil. 3:20
  61. 61. Our ultimate allegiance is to God b/c we are citizens of heaven
  62. 62. Romans 13:1-7 & I Peter 2:13-17
  63. 63. I Timothy 2:1-3 </li></ul>
  64. 64. And more Scriptures: <ul><li>Acts 5:29 & Phil. 3:20
  65. 65. Our ultimate allegiance is to God b/c we are citizens of heaven
  66. 66. Romans 13:1-7 & I Peter 2:13-17
  67. 67. Submit to govt authorities b/c God put them there. Do what is right b/c govt is set up by God to punish wrongdoing
  68. 68. I Timothy 2:1-3 </li></ul>
  69. 69. And more Scriptures: <ul><li>Acts 5:29 & Phil. 3:20
  70. 70. Our ultimate allegiance is to God b/c we are citizens of heaven
  71. 71. Romans 13:1-7 & I Peter 2:13-17
  72. 72. Submit to govt authorities b/c God put them there. Do what is right b/c govt is set up by God to punish wrongdoing
  73. 73. I Timothy 2:1-3
  74. 74. Pray for your govt leaders so that you can enjoy a quiet, peaceful life </li></ul>
  75. 75. More Questions to Ponder... <ul><li>Is God for or against govt?
  76. 76. What kind of govt existed in the Garden of Eden?
  77. 77. What type of govt did God set up in ancient Israel?
  78. 78. Do you think God prefers one type of govt over another? If so, which one?
  79. 79. What does God think of freedom? Is it important to Him? </li></ul>
  80. 80. <ul>What is the purpose of govt according to the Bible? </ul>
  81. 81. <ul>What is the purpose of govt according to the Bible? </ul><ul><li>To punish wrongdoing and reward righteousness. Romans 13:1-7
  82. 82. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  83. 83. But can morality be legislated?
  84. 84. Should it be?
  85. 85. If so, whose morality? How do we define it? </li></ul>
  86. 86. Christians & Govt <ul><li>Is it OK for Christians to impose their morality on non-Christians?
  87. 87. What about Sharia law?
  88. 88. Is it OK for Christians to vote? Run for office? Participate in a protest? A revolution?
  89. 89. Do we have a duty to oppose any of the above? How do we decide?
  90. 90. When is civil disobedience OK? </li></ul>
  91. 91. Spheres of Authority
  92. 92. Types of Law <ul><li>Revealed Law =
  93. 93. Natural Law ( Laws of Nature) =
  94. 94. Municipal or Political Law =
  95. 95. Case Law =
  96. 96. Common Law = </li></ul>
  97. 97. Types of Law <ul><li>Revealed Law = that which is found in the Bible, given to us by revelation
  98. 98. Natural Law ( Laws of Nature) =
  99. 99. Municipal or Political Law =
  100. 100. Case Law =
  101. 101. Common Law = </li></ul>
  102. 102. Types of Law <ul><li>Revealed Law = that which is found in the Bible, given to us by revelation
  103. 103. Natural Law ( Laws of Nature) = revealed by God to us through our conscience & reason; an objective source of what is true as observed in the world around us. See Romans 1
  104. 104. Municipal or Political Law = </li></ul>
  105. 105. Types of Law <ul><li>Revealed Law = that which is found in the Bible, given to us by revelation
  106. 106. Natural Law ( Laws of Nature) = revealed by God to us through our conscience & reason; an objective source of what is true as observed in the world around us. See Romans 1
  107. 107. Municipal or Political Law = man-made law developed through legislation & enacted by govt; valid only as it conforms to revealed & natural law </li></ul>
  108. 108. <ul><li>Case Law = a system of evolving law based on precedent-setting decisions of judges on a case-by-case basis
  109. 109. Common Law = the body of precedents based on Natural and Revealed Law set by judges over many years in England (and other places); began in the church and developed largely independently of govt although much of it has been incorporated into civil law over time. </li></ul>
  110. 110. Who was Frederic Bastiat? <ul><li>French economist, statesman, and author
  111. 111. Lived 1801-1850 when he died of tuberculosis
  112. 112. Most of his writing done just before & after the failed Revolution of 1848 in France
  113. 113. He opposed the growing socialist movement but was mostly ignored by his countrymen
  114. 114. Besides writing The Law , he made great contributions in the field of economics, such as debunking the Broken Window theory </li></ul>

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