QUESTION #3: If we conclude that the purpose of government is to enact justice in the sense of rewarding those who do what’s right and punishing those who do what’s evil (Romans 13), what do we need to understand about how God’s moral law (10 commandments) forms the basis from which their rightful authority is carried out?
“Inherent in the very enacting of justice is an understanding, a very clear understanding of the first two principles that we’ve talked about in prior shows and that is understanding God’s nature and God’s role. Simply put, let me word it this way. God is holy and if you’re going to enact justice, you have to have a standard by which you decide what is right and what is wrong and God is that standard and his holiness is that standard.
That means that if people are doing wrong in any area of jurisdiction whether it’s the home, whether it’s civil government, whether it’s the church then it means inherently that they’re a sinful creature. So, when justice is enacted, you are elevating God to his proper place and you’re also dealing with the sinfulness of man and in the process of all of that God is glorified.
…When God delivered the 10 commandments to Moses, he was effectively laying down the standard for civilization to exist. On June 7, 1982 President Ronald Reagan said that the 10 commandments and the golden rule are the law of nations. This is what the president said. The commandments and the golden rule are as much a part of our living heritage as the constituting we take pride in. We have tried not always successfully but always in good conscience to extend those same principles to our role in the world.”