God ordains three institutions for the benefit and blessing of man created in His likeness and image, i.e. home, church and government.
As ministers of God the single role of civil rulers is to maintain order in society by punishing evil and praising good according to divine law standards (Romans 13:4).
By Arthur Jay Hirsch
Only the sovereign God of the universe has the authority to determine what is morally good and evil. We’re commanded to obey civil rulers so long as men’s laws are not in conflict with God’s laws. Otherwise, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)
What does God expect of civil rulers? “He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” (2 Sam. 23:3); “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers. . . .” (Exodus 18:21, 22); “Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.” (Deut. 1:13) “Wherefore now let the fear of the Lord be upon you (judges); take heed and do it; for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.” (2 Chron. 19:7)
Due process and righteous judgment is required of judges. “And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.” (Deut. 1:16)
All judgments are to be for the Lord God — not for the benefit of man-made fictions like “the state.”
“Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s. . .” (Deut. 1:17) “And said to the judges; Take heed what ye do; for ye judge not for man, but for the Lord, who is with you in the judgment.” (2 Chron. 19:6)
— Jay Hirsch is legal correspondent for AM 1240 Hot News Talk Radio in Chattanooga.