By Steven Hotze, M.D.
Christians Must Oppose Wicked Rulers and Remove Them from Office
“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt. They have committed abominable deeds.” (Psalm 14:1)
Abominable is an adjective that describes an action that is repugnantly hateful, detestable, loathsome and causes moral revulsion.
God has established His Law as the standard of right behavior and honorable conduct. Because Almighty God is the sovereign ruler of the universe He has the authority to impose His Law upon His creation, which includes every man and woman upon the earth.
God has established moral absolutes in the Holy Bible. God’s formal declaration of His Law may be found in the Ten Commandments.
In the same way that God’s Law of gravity is immutable, so are His moral absolutes. A person can attempt to defy the law of gravity by jumping off the Empire State building, but the result is death. In the same way, individuals may attempt to defy God‘s moral absolutes, but the result is still death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:23)
A nation who defies God’s Law will also perish.
Those individuals who are striving to keep God‘s Laws, through the power of Jesus Christ, in whom they have placed their confidence as Savior and Lord, are practicing good, holy, righteous, honorable behavior.
“For by grace have you been saved, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no man may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which He ordained beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Those who oppose God’s moral absolutes, His standards and Law, are practicing wicked, evil, and wrongful actions. They are fools.
Of course, a wicked man is going to deny the existence of a sovereign God. For if he were to believe in God, then he would have to admit that his actions deserve God‘s righteous punishment, because he is guilty of his sins. Therefore, the fool must deny God’s existence and judgment.
“The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, ‘There is no God.’”
Any individual who practices evil actions, and promotes others to do likewise, is a fool. He is conducting his life in a manner consistent with that of an atheist, an individual who does not believe in God.
Those individuals who are officials and leaders in civil government, churches, synagogues, business, entertainment and in the media and who defend and praise, or simply refuse to oppose, those who practice or promote wickedness, such as, abortion, homosexuality, adultery, pornography, foul language, destruction of Biblical standards, communist philosophy, violence, sexual and moral anarchy, theft of the productive man’s labor, and other violations of God’s Law, are wicked fools.
“Those who forsake God’s law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive with them.” (Proverbs 28:4)
Men and women of Biblical faith must rise up and oppose the wicked, and seek to remove them from their positions of leadership in our society. It is critical that evil rulers be removed from their positions in civil government. The purpose of civil government is to protect the righteous from the wicked, and to punish the wicked.
“For a ruler is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.”(Romans 13:4)
Officials in civil government enact laws which govern the code of conduct expected of every member of society. Morality is a code of conduct. Therefore, civil government enacts a code of morality upon society. The question is this, “Whose morality do you want enacted into law, God’s standard or the standard of foolish, wicked, evil rulers?”
When wicked laws are adopted, society decays. “The wicked strut about on every side, when vileness is exalted in the land.” (Psalm 12:8)
Jesus gave the Church His Great Commission.
“All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20)
As Christians, our first responsibility is to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with a lost and dying world. Jesus Christ carried the guilt of your and my sins to the cross on Calvary’s Hill, where He gave up His life as an atonement for our sins. Then up from the grave He arose on the first Easter Sunday, proving that His sacrifice was acceptable to God.
“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, now being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:21-24)
This is the good news of the Gospel that we preach. Confess that you are a sinner, because you have violated God’s Law, and repent from your sins. Place your confidence in Jesus Christ as your Savior and make Him the Lord of your life. This is the Word of faith that we are proclaiming to those who will hear, “that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
So, when a person places his confidence and faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior, he experiences new life. He is born again in Christ.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Those who receive this good news need to be nurtured and discipled.
Those who reject God’s salvation, and promote wickedness and every evil thing, must be opposed. This is the second part of Jesus Christ’s Great Commission. We are to “make disciples of all the nations.” As more and more individuals are converted to Christ within a society, then the laws of that society will inevitably begin to reflect God’s Biblical standards, as Bible believing individuals are elected to office and as evil rulers are removed.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people whom He has chosen for his inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12)
“Righteousness exalts the nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.“ (Psalm 14:34)
Here is a suggested prayer on this topic.
Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord, I ask you to open up opportunities for me to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are lost in their sins like I was. Help me disciple those who place their faith in Christ. For those who reject the gospel of Christ, who oppose Your moral Law and Your Word, and who practice and promote wickedness, evil, and perversion, I ask you to release your discipline and correction upon them, so that they might know that You are the Sovereign God of the universe. Remove them from their positions of authority and leadership. Cut in two their cords of wickedness, so that their evil behavior will not infect the members of society, especially my children, my grandchildren and my heritage. Lord, in accordance with your word I claim “that the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.”(Proverbs 13:22)
Lord, may Your will be done in the lives of these individuals who hate You and your Law.
Please prosper those who are faithful to submit to your Sovereign authority, accept Christ as Savior, Lord and King, and obey your Word according to your promise. “This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate upon it, day and night, to be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have success.” (Joshua 1:8)
In the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior, Lord and King, I offer this prayer. Amen.
If you are interested in developing a personal relationship with God, then read the Four Spiritual Laws and learn how you can. http://www.4laws.com/laws/englishkgp/default.htm