By Jim Jess
This article and others like it are intended to educate citizens
about government from the perspective of God’s Word. Christian
believers will appreciate the work of the Foundation for
Constitutional Education, but others can learn from our research as
well. As an educational organization, we endeavor to honestly
instruct people from the accuracy of the Bible, God’s Word, and
the historical record. Special attention is given to the founding
documents of our nation, particularly the Declaration of Independence
and the Constitution of the United States. Contemporary sources are
also used from the fields of civics, economics, and current affairs.
Our only source for truth, however, is the Word of God. It alone is
the foundation of freedom and the foundation of our study and
LIVING A GODLY LIFE
The Bible has something to say about every area of life.
II Peter 1:3:
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that
unto life and godliness…
The word “life” in this verse is the Greek word zoe,
which means “life in all its fullness.” Certainly this
includes information about how to live abundantly and prosperously in
a world ruled by civil authorities, or governments, as well as
principles concerning the successful operation of such authorities.
Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear [respect, reverence] of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge.” For the believer,
knowledge starts with a reverence of God, putting God first.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you.
When man or woman gives God the appropriate place in their life, all
areas of life prosper. God’s will for man today is quite clear.
He wants all men to love Him first, to have an accurate knowledge of
Him and His Word, to be born again of His spirit, and to walk in
fellowship with Him.
I Timothy 2:4:
Who [God] will have all men to be saved, and to come unto a knowledge
of the truth.
Romans 10:9, 10:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the
mouth confession is made unto salvation.
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so
ye in him:
When a man or woman is instructed in the Word, puts God first, and
walks in fellowship, he or she is like the man of Psalms 1:1-3.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the
But his delight is in the law of the Lord [the Word of God]; and in
his [God’s] law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that
bringeth forth fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
These scriptures contain keys for a believer’s individual
success, or for the success of a group of believers. As we shall see
from careful study, the Scriptures also contain keys for the success
The man who walks according to the counsel of God’s Word
produces fruit, something of substance in his life. He earns eternal
rewards. The man who rejects God’s Word walks by his senses,
his own ways. He receives the consequences of his rejection of God
and His Word.
The ungodly are
not so; but are
like the chaff which
the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in judgment, nor sinners in the
congregation of the righteous.
For the lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the
ungodly shall perish.
The individual who walks in fellowship with God is a blessing to
those around him, and therefore a blessing to the nation in which he
lives. Of course, in any nation, some people will choose to believe
God and His Word, and others will not. Even in biblical Israel, many
times everyone didn’t believe; but there were times when nearly
everyone did. In those instances, Israel experienced great
prosperity, military dominance and freedom.
TWO SPIRITUAL KINGDOMS
God set the true standards for a successful and abundant life in the
Scriptures. Man receives the positive results when he lives according
to these standards. Just as each individual is blessed now and in
eternity by obeying the Word of God, nations are also blessed when
their people and their leaders correctly apply the teachings of the
Scriptures. The truths of the Bible should be the basis for the
policies and actions of governments, and should be correctly applied.
The most favorable scenario would be for those who make the decisions
in government to be believers who understand the truth of God’s
Word. But that will seldom be the case.
The reason for this is rooted in the spiritual competition between
the two spiritual kingdoms: the kingdom of the true God, the father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the kingdom of His archenemy, the Devil
or Satan. When the Devil tempted Jesus Christ in the wilderness, he
revealed a great truth about his kingdom that must be understood to
understand government. This is the truth of who has dominion over
And the devil, taking him [Jesus] up into an high mountain, shewed
unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the
glory of them; for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I
will I give it.
If thou therefore wilt worship me, all will be thine.
Jesus Christ refused this temptation, as he did a number of
temptations, but the principle is quite clear. The Devil does have
the dominion of the kingdoms – the political and economic
systems – of this world. He controls them because most of the
people that have authority in these systems unknowingly serve him.
Psalms 24:1 says that the earth belongs to God, but that doesn’t
mean God controls the systems of this world. When Adam and Eve
disobeyed God in the fall of man, they lost the dominion over the
earth that God had originally given to man. The governments of this
world continue to be dominated by evil men to this day. The Devil
said the power and glory of the kingdoms had been delivered to him,
and he was not lying on this point. He gives them to “whomsoever”
he chooses. Obviously, he chooses those that are loyal to him or
those he can influence and control.
The Founding Fathers of the United States set up a system of
government that had the potential to serve the people in a way as
never before. By establishing a stable political system based on the
consent of the governed, the founders gave citizens the opportunity
to allow their chosen representatives to exercise the power of
government for a designated period of time, as opposed to placing a
tyrant in power for life. Uniquely, the system of government
established in our Constitution gave the “God-fearing”
people that comprised the majority in our nation for many years the
opportunity to give the control of government to other God-fearing
men if they were wise enough to do so. Instead of being saddled with
a corrupt monarch, the people could choose righteous men to
circumvent the dominion of Satan, the god of this world.
JOSEPH IN EGYPT
One of the greatest examples of a man who walked for God and broke
the adversary’s dominion is the record of Joseph in the Bible.
In the Book of Genesis, chapters 37, and 39-50, we find the account
of Joseph and how he rose to second in command – second only to
Pharaoh – in Egypt, the greatest civilization at that time. In
this position, Joseph followed God’s instructions, saved the
nation, and saved his own family from extinction. Of course, Joseph’s
brothers were the patriarchs of the nation of Israel and part of the
“Christline,” the ancestral lineage of Jesus Christ.
Joseph was sold into slavery by his envious brothers in the land of
Canaan and taken to Egypt. There he became a servant in the house of
one of Pharaoh’s military officers. But God was with Joseph, as
the Scriptures teach. In time, the officer made Joseph steward, or
manager over his house. Later, the officer’s wife unjustly
accused Joseph of wrongdoing and Joseph was sent to prison. But even
in prison, God was with Joseph and “gave him favor” in
the eyes of the keeper of the prison. (Genesis 39:21) One day, Joseph
was given the responsibility of two prisoners who were Pharaoh’s
officers. They stayed for a period of time in the prison. One night
they each had a dream that Joseph was able to interpret. Joseph gave
one of them, the chief butler, good news about what his dream meant –
that he would be released. Joseph asked this man to speak to Pharaoh
on his behalf in order to obtain Joseph’s own release from
prison. Even though the butler was restored to his office as Joseph
had foretold, he forgot about Joseph. (Genesis 40:1-23)
Two years later, Pharaoh had a dream that none of the wise men or
magicians of Egypt could interpret. The chief butler remembered
Joseph at this point and told Pharaoh of him. Pharaoh had Joseph
brought from the prison to interpret his dream.
Genesis 41:15, 16:
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is
none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that
thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.
And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is
not in me: God
shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.
Pharaoh proceeded to recount the dream to Joseph and Joseph told
Pharaoh what it meant: After seven years of great plenty, a famine
would afflict Egypt for seven years. Joseph also told the Pharaoh
what preparations should be made for the people – how much of
the harvest from the years plenty should be stored and where it
should be stored. God showed Joseph all of this by revelation. And
Pharaoh and his advisors liked what they heard.
Genesis 41:37, 38:
And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all
And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one
, a man in whom the Spirit of God is
That’s quite a statement for a pagan king to make.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all
this, there is
none so discreet and wise as thou art
Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my
people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land
In the space of one day, God opened a door for Joseph to move from a
dungeon in Egypt to the top administrative job in the nation. He was
second-in-command to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and he functioned in
that capacity for a number of years. Because Joseph operated
revelation manifestations of holy spirit, God was able to “outflank”
the adversary, Satan, and Joseph was free to exercise the dominion
normally reserved for the Devil’s people. And the end result
had eternal ramifications.
Do you think this means that God wants His most faithful and
committed people to be in the top political positions in nations? Not
necessarily. There was a very specific reason that God had moved his
man, Joseph, into this position. It was a spiritual reason, not a
political one. The famine that overtook Egypt for seven years also
affected the land of Canaan, where Joseph’s family lived. His
father was Jacob, also called Israel, and his brothers were eleven of
the patriarchs of the twelve tribes of Israel. From the bloodline of
one of these men, Judah, would come the Messiah, the Lord Jesus
Christ. At this time, Satan brought a famine to these lands for the
express purpose of wiping out the Christline, which would produce
the Promised Seed, the Lord Jesus Christ. But God knew, in His
foreknowledge, that the famine would come. He moved Joseph into the
position in Egypt because Joseph was the man who would be responsible
for distributing the food in the years of famine. When his brothers
came to Egypt to buy food, Joseph recognized them and eventually told
them who he was. Because of his position, he was able to nourish his
father and brothers, their families and their servants. He even
helped move them to Egypt to be near him. They prospered during the
famine while many were starving or losing their lands to feed
The importance of the spiritual works we do cannot be underrated.
Joseph rose to his position by staying faithful to God, believing
God, and listening to and obeying what God said. Specifically, Joseph
operated the manifestations of word of wisdom and word of knowledge
to reveal to Pharaoh what was going to occur. That’s not the
way men usually rise to the second most powerful governmental
position in a country, let alone the second most powerful position in
the most powerful nation in the world in a given era. But Joseph knew
that God was with him. He knew how to follow God’s
instructions, and that’s what he did. In doing so, he not only
preserved the Christline, but he removed Egypt from Satan’s
control and dominion for a period of time in Egypt’s history.
REBUILDING ON GOD’S FOUNDATION
One of the reasons that the U.S. political system functioned as well
as it did for many years to protect the rights of citizens was the
basic goodness of the people themselves. By this I do not mean that
these men and women did not have a sin nature or never made mistakes.
But for many years, a large percentage of the American people were
devoted to many sound principles of truth because the people were
“God-fearing.” There was a respect for righteousness and
justice among the men and women who formed the early colonial
settlements in our nation, and many of the leaders in these
communities worked hard to apply God’s Word in their
governmental decisions. The result was that Satan’s dominion
was circumvented and the people had the awesome privilege of being
able to choose righteous men to serve in government.
The actions of the early colonists set the course of freedom for at
least the first century and a half of colonial development on this
continent. The Founding Fathers, the men who framed the Declaration
of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, set the
course for the first century or so of the American republic. God’s
Word was the foundation for American freedom. And it still is today.
Even though we have drifted from our principles as a nation, many of
our basic freedoms are still intact and protected.
Early in the twentieth century, we as a nation began to lose our
moorings. Bit by bit, our leaders forsook our founding principles to
follow crooked pathways. These ways led to the welfare state, the
erosion of our freedoms, and war. The initial arguments to provide
for the poor, make the world a safe place, and pursue humanitarian
objectives seemed appropriate and harmless enough. But many of the
well-intentioned actions of our government in the twentieth century
did not make us freer or more prosperous. The buildup of governmental
power in the twentieth century led to a situation in which we were
more addicted to government than ever before. The sad result is that
our politicians and bureaucrats are more powerful than ever before.
We are less insulated from the power of evil men who may come to
power in our government because we have allowed them to make more and
more decisions that affect our lives. Many in our nation have
continued to prosper and succeed in spite of many shortsighted
decisions, abuses of power, and just plain treachery on the part of
some of our leaders.
While there are honest, justice-loving men and women who work in
positions of responsibility in government, some lack the authority to
make the positive changes that would advance our freedom. In some
cases, those in political office who must make decisions lack the
wisdom or courage to make the right decisions. And at times, some of
our political leaders are simply misguided. They resemble those in
biblical Israel as described in the book of Isaiah.
Isaiah 59:9, 10, 13, 14:
None calleth for justice, nor any
pleadeth for truth: they
trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring
Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us:
we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but
we walk in darkness.
We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had
no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate
places as dead men.
In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from
our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from
the heart words of falsehood.
And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off:
for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
The only way to defeat such spiritual darkness is to introduce
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding to
The purpose of the teaching offered by the Foundation for
Constitutional Education is to put the light of God’s Word –
the principles of God’s Word – into our political
discourse. The Bible is not simply a book for public officials to
swear on when they take their oaths of office. The Scriptures are a
pattern by which to live as well as a blueprint for sound governing.
I John 3:8 says Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the Devil.
In order to follow in the steps of Jesus Christ and destroy the
Devil’s works today, we must apply the knowledge of the truth.
That is the only way to dismantle the components of a governmental
system that has departed from true character of our republic. The
process begins with spiritual deeds.
To open their eyes, and
to turn them
from darkness to
light, and from
the power of Satan unto God, that they may
receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are
sanctified by faith that is in me.
Once the light of God’s Word has begun to shine into a field
of endeavor that has been as dark as the political and governmental
area, the dismantling can begin. But the spiritual awakening –
brought about by the actions of believing men and women – must occur
first. Without it, there is no foundation for sound decisions in
A great verse in Psalm 11 asks a monumental question.
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
The righteous would have to lay a new foundation. But we have no
need to do that. The foundations laid by America’s Founding
Fathers can – through some simple investigation – be uncovered
quite easily. We must simply take the time to rediscover the
foundations they laid. When we do so, we will discover that the
strength of our nation’s edifice is sustained by the biblical
principles that make up its foundation.
The material the Foundation provides will show you our nation’s
biblical foundations. Our focus is on the fundamentals. We offer you
a framework for understanding the actions of our public officials.
Once you master the fundamentals, you will be able to look at our
government in an informed manner and make sound, logical judgments
based on your knowledge of God’s Word and the principles of the
Word applied in the area of government policy.
As we dismantle the works of our adversary, the Devil, we can begin
to rebuild. We can do this because we have the foundation of God’s
Word. It doesn’t matter that others have forsaken the
foundation. We can rebuild our nation by rebuilding with the
principles of the Word of God as the foundation.
And they that shall be
of thee shall build the old waste
places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and
thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of
paths to dwell in.
Let the restoration begin.
is President of the Foundation for Constitutional Education.©
2008, Foundation for Constitutional Education, Inc