A Return to Christian Liberty

One seemingly forgotten aspect of our original structure of biblical government is the idea of the covenant and its relationship to the establishment of every righteous civil government. All of that language sounds complicated but it really is rather simple when we lay it out. In fact, the good news is that God laid it out for us many centuries ago so all we really have to do is use His word to inform the way we think. For example, at one point in Israel's history, a wicked queen was rightfully overthrown. It was at that time the hero of the story, Jehoiada, is recorded as establishing covenants for fresh government. Here is what the text says:

"Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord and the king and the people, that they should be the Lord's people, also between the king and the people." (2 Kings 11:17)

So, here we find the foundation for righteous governance. There are two covenants. One is between all three parties -- the Lord -- the king -- and the people. The other is simply between the king and the people. There are two covenants each with their own doctrines, assumptions, and necessary conditions. Each is indispensable to righteous rule. Each is necessary to establish a completed line of authority and set of promises and/or duties for all involved.

[Read the rest of the article at World History Institute.]