A Message From Pastor Zahn
Don’t Expect from Government What Only God Can Give Us
Someone once said, “The impersonal hand of the government cannot help as much as the helping hand of a neighbor.” I agree. When the good Lord gave us the commandments, he said that they could be summarized in one word – love. Love the Lord and love your neighbor. In fact, government would not be necessary if we could love the Lord and our neighbor perfectly. Since we sin and hate and covet and steal and slander, God created government to guard and protect us from each other.
We should never expect government to bring perfect peace in this world. Government does not and cannot change hearts. Jesus does that. He changes our status before God. He became the guilty one for us and supplies us with the forgiveness we need. He changes us from the inside. The apostle Paul said it like this, Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12: 1) God’s mercy, not government, is what changes things – how he views us and how we view each other.