Do we need Government? Yes and No

Few days ago, Nigerians went out to select their preferred candidates for the positions of President, Vice President, and members of the National Assembly. In two weeks, they would also be selecting the respective state governors and the members of the different state legislatures. Thus the four-year election cycle runs. While we are quickly settling…

Would we need government in a sinless world?

“Even in a sinless social setting, some sort of collective decision-making would be necessary for the harmonious ordering of human affairs. In a sinless world where complex activities take place, rules and regulations would have an important function. Even totally benevolent, God-glorifying human beings would have had to decide which side of the road to drive on,…

Thoughts from Lord Acton

As we prepare towards the elections next year, we should reflect on the purpose and limit of political power. Discussions have always been on which person or which party is competent  to wield power. However, a more fundamental issue is to clarify  the role of the state in society. This goes way beyond 2015; it will…

Developing a Christian view of Government

The Christian worldview is the truth about everything. It is a comprehensive perspective about every aspect of life, including government. And this outlook is formed by reflecting on God’s revelation to us which is given in the Bible. Although the Bible does not provide a full fledged political theory, it does provide us with principles…

Scriptural Principles on the Nature of Human Government

There are two tendencies when it comes to discussing the nature and purpose of government in society. Some view the government as an encroachment on the natural liberties of the people. According to this view, human government is inherently oppressive. The less of it we have in society the better. On the other hand, we…