One of the enduring myths both inside the church and outside the church is that the State — civil government — is a secular institution.
It most decidedly is not.
Regardless of what we may think about the separation of church and state, it is not possible for there to be any separation between God and government. This is because God created it.
The state is every bit as much God’s creation as the church. We are told quite explicitly in Romans 13:1 that not only is the state God’s idea, every last bit of authority exercised by civil government anywhere in any place at any level comes from him.
As Paul puts it: “There is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”
“No authority” means none. Zip, nada, zilch. It would be hard for the apostle to be any clearer than that. All political authority, every last bit of it, has been delegated by God to the state. Its authority is an entirely derived authority.
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