Government

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Lifting Our Hands for Justice, With Unbloodied Knuckles

by Jed Brown

Christians know that the wheels of justice should not move slowly (Eccl. 8:11), and yet so often it does. Sometimes the injustices of this cursed world are not made right until the end. Yet God has appointed means for justice now – police, and judges. The court cases that the COVID lockdown orders have spawned […]

This Is Where the COVID Lockdown Goes

by Jed Brown
yellow and blue hot air balloon at daytime

Introduction For the most part, our church and the Church have been submissive and compliant regarding the government COVID lockdown. You, we, have done well, and are to be commended for our sometimes-difficult submission to the governing authorities Christ has appointed for us. And we may see restrictions further lifted soon. This is good news.  […]

The Holy Kind of Slipperiness

by Jed Brown
close up photo of mallard duck

Persons in power should be very careful how they deal with a man who cares nothing for sensual pleasure, nothing for riches, nothing for comfort or praise, or promotion, but is simply determined to do what he believes to be right. He is a dangerous and uncomfortable enemy, because his body which you can always […]

MacArthur Goes to Court

by Jed Brown
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You may have heard that Grace Community Church (GCC), pastored by John MacArthur, has disregarded the government’s lockdown orders. And you may remember that I disagreed with one basic foundation of their decision, in my video on civil disobedience. That disagreement still stands. And yet: We can have charity with each other, to disagree while […]

Your Labor – in the Lord – Is Not in Vain

by Jed Brown
black and white photo of people going upstairs

Today the governor prohibited churches from meeting indoors. This is obviously not the direction we hoped for. You can pray for the elders, as we discuss our next steps.  But for now, for you who have put so much time and sweat into our new facility:  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding […]

Fighting Fire with Fire – Numbers 16

by Jed Brown
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Some lessons from Korah’s rebellion, in Numbers 16, will land us on prayer. The short version of the story is that Korah cultivates 250 followers from Israel, and they rebel against Moses and Aaron. Their major claim is “You’ve gone too far!” (v. 3). They resent Moses and Aaron’s singular, special leadership. Some observations from […]

The Refuge That’s Merciful

by Jed Brown
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David is hiding from Saul – from “storms of destruction”:    Psalm 57 1  Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,   for in you my soul takes refuge;   in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,   till the storms of destruction pass by.  2  I cry out to God Most […]

What’s “Essential”

by Jed Brown
chief standing near body of water

In order to effect the lockdown, many governments have categorized types of works as either “essential” or “non-essential”. This is because most governments, for a variety of reasons, have not quarantined only those who are ill or exposed, but everyone. This differs from the historic and Scriptural versions of quarantine (Lev. 13:45-46; 14:33-53). But my point […]

Praying for God’s Desires for Government

by Jed Brown
white concrete building under sky

We are to pray a lot for governing officials, commands Paul, in 1 Timothy 2: 1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in […]

On Submitting to Governing Authorities

by Jed Brown

Governing authorities exist because God instituted them. Romans 13: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are […]