John The Baptist’s Ministry To Government

Have you considered how John The Baptist was assigned a ministry to government, during which he explained “God’s Bill of Rights?” In Luke 3:19 we read “19But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.” John The Baptist’s ministry included calling those in government to confess their sins before God, so they can repent and enter into salvation!

Today, the Christian adage is “separation of church and state.” It communicates that the Bible has no relevance to public policy. Contrary to this false narrative, In Matthew 11:11and Luke 7:28, Jesus says, “among those born of women there is no one greater than John.” The ministry to those in government, especially the rulers, is to help them avoid God’s judgement “for all the evil things that Herod had done.” Bible scholar historians believe that had Herod repented at least 300,000 or so lives would have been spared from his murderous tirades to consolidate and hold on to power!

John’s Ministry Reaffirmed The Application The Bible To Civics and Government

I believe John The Baptist’s ministry was the beginning of significant grassroots change in government administration and society. In Luke 3:12-20, we see people from various sectors of government services come to John the Baptist to hear what God was saying through him.

12Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.” 15As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” 18So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.

In Luke 3: 7, when crowds heard what God was saying through John the Baptist, the Bible began influencing the general culture. In Luke 3:12, when tax collectors and publicans (sinners who hold government positions) came to hear John, God’s message began influencing government administration. People in those operations were under conviction to follow commands. In Luke 3:14 when soldiers came to John, God’s message began influencing the military administration and operations, as its ranks and leadership felt the compulsion to follow God’s commands, and resist those that were contrary to them — such as previously when Herod ordered the murder of children in Bethlehem and vicinity, trying to assassinate God’s Christ.

Through John The Baptist, God reaffirmed the application of the Judeo-Christian Religion (Full Testament Christianity) that He had communicated when He drowned Pharaoh’s Army in the sea when he led his kingdom to disobey God! John affirmed the application of Ten Commandment number eight, “Thou shall not steal,” when he told tax collectors to collect only what was authorized. To the soldiers, John affirmed Ten Commandments ten — thou shall not covet, nine — thou shall not lie nor bear false witness, and eight — thou shall not steal.

John The Baptist Made Disciples Who Apply The Bible To Civics

Rather than continue to misrepresent God by converting people to a false Christian discipleship of a “separation of church and state” mindset, let’s raise up disciples who have a “Full Testament” understanding how God is “Lord over All!” Jesus says in Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

Rarely in the history of the world has those in charge of government ever separated itself from influencing religion. Government always seeks ways to control religion as a means of deceiving and controlling the people. Thus Herod jailed John The Baptist, rather than allow religion to influence him. Socialist and communist countries always suppress Biblical Christianity — the only religion that transforms and disciples the human heart to agree with and conform to the Ten Commandments, and love your neighbor as yourself, and turn the other cheek.

God knows this, and thus He sends His prophets to government leaders — as he sent Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar, who is converted in Dan 4: 34-37, and Nathan to King David (2 Sam 12), and Isaiah to his multiple kings (Is. 1:1) and Ezekiel to Judah’s elders (Ezek 8:1). To King Ahasuerus God sent Queen Esther, who intervened to avoid a genocide, the divine reversal of which also saw her uncle Mordecai promoted!

In 1804, Thomas Jefferson explained to The Danbury, CT, Baptist Association that America’s Founding Fathers created a wall of separation, so government cannot influence the Christianity they established in the first amendment to be the guide of American government, civic life and politics. Rather than separate Himself from the state, God proactively positioned His people to influence government at the highest levels! If we, the people called by God’s name, repent and re-catch this vision, we once again may see our beloved USA benefit from the rights God gave the people through John The Baptist. We once again can get lifted up in the Lord’s Liberty.

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