No longer does authority come from God to the government to the people, but rather authority comes from God to the people to the government…All authority under the Constitution is placed upon ‘We the people.’
—Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz
Immutable. Some social relations are not liable to change. They are fixed, by our immutable Creator, as part of the natural order. They cannot be voted down, not without harsh repercussions. They cannot be overcome by revolution, not without harm.
A child, by the fixed order of God, is made subject to his or her parents. This relationship cannot be altered by man without severe consequences. The attempt to give the child legal authority to violate this social fixture in the name of something as noble sounding as “inalienable rights,” still cannot evade the reality of rebellion. A dead rose by any other name is still a dead rose.
Civil governments, likewise, are established by God. It is in the fixed order of God for some men to be subject to others. This social arrangement is inescapable. The attempt to evade this reality by relabeling it democracy, is an exercise in futility and social demise. Authority always has, and always will, flow from God to government:
Romans 13:1-2 “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.”
To assume leaders owe allegiance to the people, and not to God, is to make a god out of the people. This is to fall into the same trap as previous leaders in history who claimed a divine right to govern, and effectively made themselves out to be God. The proper perspective is that both leaders AND the people owe allegiance to God. Every nation individually is to be “one nation under God.”
Beware of those who attempt to re-package civil rebellion. Especially those who do it in the name of Christ.
There remains a divine order: the rulers and the ruled. We should pray for godly rule.