Thoughts on Government
This week I was assigned a 250 word essay on Government, for the Ron Paul Curriculum Government course, taught by Gary North.
There are four types of government recognized in modern western society; civil government, the type of government we usually are referring to when discussing government; family government, church government, and self government.
First, let me discuss government as a concept. Government is defined by Wikipedia as “…the system by which a state or community is governed.” It is sovereign, which means that its authority is not challenged by others, and it makes the ultimate decisions in its affairs, and it has a monopoly of power within certain political boundaries.
Civil government; it seeks to take power from all other forms of government by taking over the roles that they play in society. They take the children away from the family and the civil government educates them; they give out welfare instead of the church, and then they have become the only government. This state of things has been called totalitarianism, and the system just doesn’t work.
Family government; it is the God established social system to raise up society’s children. The family has been increasingly being made more of an authority of government; that is, an arm of the civil government, instead of it being the separate social system it was meant to be.
Church government; it is Christ’s people on the earth, that have been directed by God to help the poor and teach the world about Christianity. The state has taken away its role of welfare and has reduced the church to merely preaching the gospel. It has become merely an arm of the state, an authority, without any recognized sovereignty in society.
Self government; the individual mandates the law to himself. He is kept in balance by the other governments (i.e. family and church government).
Who grants rights and sovereignty to the family and church governments? God!
“Laws without morals are in vain.”
Benjamin Franklin (Motto of the University of Pennsylvania)