WRIGHT WAY: The sum of good government
by By WILLIAM WRIGHT Lifestyles Editor
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In his first inaugural address, U.S. President Thomas Jefferson said, “A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”

Today, people are rarely satisfied with the way government goes about conducting its business, protecting its citizens or providing for its poorer population. With only a chosen few ever privileged to serve in governmental capacities to make the needed changes that bring high approval ratings and applause from its citizens, one cannot help but wonder if anyone is experiencing "the sum of good government."

At the start of human history there was no government. God was the only authority to guide humans. This made the first couple as happy as was humanly possible for they had perfect health, an abundance of fresh foods, enjoyable work in caring for the planet and wonderful companionship with God and each other. Everything we want today, they had back then, according to Genesis 2:8-25. But like some people today, Adam and Eve, and a certain fallen angel, were not satisfied with the provisions they had and chose to rebel against God’s authority.

This brought anarchy into a world where only righteousness had dwelt. Now look at us. Many people and nations feel lost — ungoverned and ungovernable. Thankfully, God has provided a solution. The answer centers around His only-begotten Son and good government. The prophet Daniel saw this in a magnificent vision. In Daniel 7:9-10, Daniel says he saw “thrones” and the Ancient of Days sat down. Since Psalms 90:2 says, “Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God,” many believe this Ancient of Days is Almighty God sitting on His throne with hundreds of millions of angels ministering to Him.

You’ll notice in verse 13, Daniel also saw someone like “a son of man” coming with the clouds of heaven. He was escorted into the presence of the Almighty. Jesus often referred to himself as “the son of man” in Scriptures like Matthew 24:30-39 and John 3:13. Daniel 7:14 tells us this unique “son of man” was given a kingdom over all peoples. Jesus preached about this coming Kingdom, according to Luke 4:43, and taught people to pray for it to come at Matthew 6:10.

Instead of calling it a kingdom, Isaiah 9:7 clarifies what Jesus received from his Father. It says, “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.” — New International Version. The King James Version also calls God’s kingdom a “government” at Isaiah 9:7.

Would Jesus be alone in this kingdom-government to rule as king? Daniel 7:27 says, “The kingship, authority and power of all kingdoms under heaven will be given to the people, the holy ones of the Most High. Their kingship is an everlasting one; every authority will serve them and obey.” — Common English Bible. This may explain why James and John asked Jesus at Mark 10:37, “When you sit on your throne in your glorious Kingdom, we want you to let us sit with you, one at your right and one at your left.” — Good News Translation.

Later Jesus told his faithful disciples at Luke 12:32, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” — New International Version. Further details about who will make up this ruling class were revealed in Revelation 5:9-10 when a heavenly host addressed Jesus, stating, “And with your own blood you bought for God people from every tribe, language, nation and race. You let them become kings and serve God as priests, and they will rule on earth.” — Contemporary English Version.

Imagine what this group of kings could accomplish on behalf of the meek who inherits the earth — especially, since they were “bought” from among the people they represent. To qualify, however, these chosen ones must prove faithful to the end. As Paul said at 2Timothy 2:12, “If we endure, we will also rule together.” — Common English Bible.

Being among the chosen few to “rule” inside a government should not be a totally unfamiliar concept. For example, in the United States of America only specially selected or appointed individuals get to serve in such governmental capacities as President, White House staff and Members of Congress. If everyone served inside the actual government over whom would they rule on the outside? This being the case, how many will sit on thrones in the Kingdom of God? Governments often have a limited number of those serving in its administration.

For example, the House of Representatives is made up of 435 elected members who serve the people of a specific district. The Senate is composed of 100 Senators who are elected by the people of their state to represent them. Would it be unreasonable for God’s kingdom to have a certain number of rulers with Jesus to represent and reign over the meek who shall inherit the earth? Does the Scriptures offer us any clues? Search and see.

This we know: Good government is hard to find. Good people are hard to find. But God has found both in Jesus Christ and many of his faithful followers over centuries of time. These God-appointed rulers will bring an end to the heartbreaking conditions that interfere with our eternal happiness.

As Revelation 20:6 says, “These people are the first to be raised to life, and they are especially blessed and holy. The second death has no power over them. They will be priests for God and Christ and will rule with them for a thousand years.” — Contemporary English Version.

Although humans have nothing to do with its establishment, selections and way of ruling, according to Daniel 2:44, we can be sure that all meek ones will benefit from this heavenly kingdom, which shall restrain men from injuring one another — leaving them otherwise free to improve the planet, improve themselves and have the glorious freedom of the children of God. Then God will be all things to everyone. If that’s not the ultimate sum of good government I don’t know what is.

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