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on July 7, 2010
_Ruler of the Nations_ is a good introduction to Christian Reconstruction's general take on what the bible teaches about government. The main thesis is that God, the ruler of the nations, holds all power and authority and yet delegates some power to earthly representatives in different jurisdictions. In these jurisdictions - the self, the family, the church, and the state - the representatives of power are to cooperate with each other as they implement God's law in their respective spheres of sovereignty.

The author, Gary DeMar, makes a compelling biblical case for small, bottom-up, governments (plural) as opposed to what is seen in most nations today that have rejected God's law, namely, a top-down, command government (singular) that encroaches upon all other legitimate spheres of sovereignty (the self, the family, the church).

The point is emphasized throughout the book that only when individuals govern themselves according to God's law will all other governments within a nation function as God designed them since these other spheres reflect the self-government (or lack thereof) of individuals.

I readily recommend this book to those seeking a biblical view on government and/or a primer on Christian Reconstruction/Dominion theology.
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on October 11, 2010
This is a condensed version of Gary Demar's God and Government series. He makes a good case for jurisdictional governments that act as a checks and balance on the excess accumulation of power into the hands of the king or other head of the state government. This jurisdictional division of power was derived from Calvin's theology and it held the king responsible to God and the people for how he governed. This book reveals the strong connection of covenant theology with government and how a check was placed on the governing rulers so they would not abuse their powers. This is a badly needed teaching today in light of the lawless nature by which this Obama administration is governing. The church needs to teach these principles to its people.
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