GOD Provides us with Governments to Serve the People not Themselves.
Matthew 20:28 ESV
Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Sinful humans abuse this power for selfish gain and power. The struggle initiates violent conflict, abuse of human rights and persecution. Jesus
advocated peace, love and forgiveness. This philosophy left aggressive violent people with the impression Christians were meek and docile and easy prey: Persecution followed. What these perpetrators did not realize, long after they were to be gone Christianity would prevail.
Matthew 22:17-21 ESV
Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
Slavic Christian Community- Famous Song about Persecution by Brandon Heath: Dmitri’s Song
Todd Smith (Video) – “Dmitri’s Song (Jesus Is Alive)”
Recent News Indicated Persecution Still Occurs
Yes even today:
Governments limit, forbid or attempt to annihilate Christians even today. The negative forces have the opposite affect. When Christians face these most dire conditions they go underground and there Faith grows stronger and their numbers increase.
Police States May Oppose and Control Humans of a Race, Political View, Ideology, a Creed or Religion.
Though the USA is considered a police state by some that is hyperbole – having over a million law enforcement personnel may make it seem so, but our population is over 325 million .
These are the current police states in the world according to Business Insider magazine:
THEY MAY HAVE BEGUN BECAUSE OF LAWLESSNESS – Crime, Corruption or violence.Then Absolute Power Corrupted the Good with Evil making matters worse.
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
Next Week: The Value of Humans
ESV: English Standard Version – Crossway
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