The Perils of a Strong National Government

Text: 1 Samuel 8:4-22

The Manner of a King

  • He will take your sons to serve in his army & do his work (v. 11-12)
  • He will take your daughters to work for him (v. 13)
  • He will take your property (v. 14)
  • He will tax your resources (v. 15)
  • He will take your servants (v. 16)
  • He will enslave you (v. 17)

The Divinely Ordained Role of Civil Government

  • Punish evildoers (Romans 13:3-4)
  • Protect the innocent (Romans 13:3)
  • Provide & maintain a free environment (1 Timothy 2:2)

What Should We Expect as the Government becomes More Powerful?

  • Expect less freedom
  • Expect higher taxes — be prepared to work harder (2 Thessalonians 3:7-10) and to live with less (Philippians 4:11-12)
  • Expect persecution — those who set themselves up as god persecute believers in the one true God (1 Peter 4:12,16); do not be intimidated (Acts 5:28-29)

What Do We Need to Do?

  • Be subject to civil authorities (1 Peter 2:13-16)
  • Pray for those in power (1 Timothy 2:2)
  • Take care of yourself (2 Thessalonians 3:10; 1 Timothy 5:8) — if at all possible
  • Be willing to help others (Ephesians 4:28) — don’t expect the government to do this (Ecclesiastes 5:8)

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