Government is an Institution of God.
Delaware Strong Families's Church Ambassador Network holds to the teachings of Scripture that government is an institution of God’s, and He created it with a purpose. Government’s purpose is justice, to punish evil and commend those who do good. The Scripture continues to state that those who serve in government are God’s servants for our good.
Government is a gracious gift from God.
When sin entered this world, God could have left us to our own vices, but He didn’t. He created government. Government, though not perfect, protects us from ourselves, and when it carries out its God-given responsibilities, it is a blessing.
Government, like God’s other institutions, has a shepherd.
Historically that shepherd has been a king. In the Scriptures, nearly every example of civil government is a monarchy. As a pastor leads a church, and a father leads a family, the king casts the vision and sets the direction of government. The king shepherds a nation. By the king, nations rise and fall. By the king, nations can call on or forget the Lord. The king is to lead a nation to greener pastures, sometimes even when the sheep don’t want to go. As the nation’s shepherd, he must lay down his life for the sheep and do what is best for them.
Jesus is not only the head of the Church, He is the head of government.
The government rests on His shoulders (Isaiah 9:6). He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords (1 Tim. 6:15 and Revelation 17:4). Our earthly kings must look to Him as the chief shepherd and look to Him for their reward. Though the people may never understand or see their sacrifices, Jesus does. He is the reward (1 Peter 5:4).
The king clearly matters in Scriptures, and he matters today.
Though few nations still have a king, every government has a shepherd, or in many cases, shepherds. In the Church Ambassador Network, it is our passion that the “kings” of today see who they are in Christ, and that the Church sees who the “king” is in Christ. We believe when this happens, nations, cities, communities, and individuals are blessed and God receives incredible glory.
CAN is built on the example of men like Daniel and Paul (Dan. 1-6; Acts 9, 13-28), who:
-cultivated relationships with officials, even their captors (Dan. 1:8-10; Acts 16:25-34, Acts 27)
-pointed government officials to the one, true King as they provided them with wisdom (Dan. 1:20-21, 2:26-28; 5:13-29, 6:1-3; Acts 24:24-25, 26:1-32)
-modeled the spiritual disciplines of prayer (Dan. 2:17-18, Dan. 6, Eph. 6:19)
-courageously stood for Biblical principles (Dan. 1:8, 6; Acts 16)