How Far Should the Arm of Civil Government Extend?

It's a great question, isn't it?

Does the civil government have the authority and role, given by God, to quarantine an entire society of people? Do they have the power to close down businesses that are deemed "non-essential"? At what point is this governmental overreach?

the "saving" arm of the State

First, we must address the fact that the civil government has become the "savior" of many today. Americans have traded in their inalienable (which means they can't be taken away!) rights for security and faux-safety. And sadly, many within the church have found themselves terrified and have fled, clinging to the outstretched arm of the State.

In the Scriptures the "arm of the LORD" is the savior...not the State! - as you read about in Isaiah 40:10 - Behold, the Lord GOD will come with might, With His arm ruling for Him Behold, His reward is with Him And His recompense before Him.

This wasn't just any "arm" and this isn't just anthropomorphic language, this arm is the Son of God, Himself! The arm of the LORD is the Savior of the world, the pre-incarnate Christ!

Our response is not to cast our burdens upon the State, for they can't bear us up...but we should cast our burdens upon the LORD. His ARM will bear us up and He will redeem His people.

Secondly, if the government is not assigned the role as "savior", what is their role in this time of crisis? They are given the duties to bear the sword and protect / reward the good. Anything beyond that role is rebelling against the appointed roles given to them by Almighty God. Which means, if there is a legitimate life-threatening virus going around that is wiping out people...then the government can legitimately exercise its power to protect the people!

But let me ask a few rhetorical questions.

-> Is this virus wiping people out by the masses?'s tracking to be slightly worse than a bad flu season.

-> If 7 people are infected in my entire county of 48,000 people (0.01%), should we close down small businesses and "non-essential" operations until May 23rd?! Answer: you're kidding me, right?!

-> Where is there any Biblical precedent for locking down an entire society full of primarily healthy people? Answer: there is none! Read the Levitical cleanliness and purity laws in Lev 13-14 and find out who is supposed to be quarantined.

And so, when we come to the final analysis, we see that this is indeed a massive overreach by Uncle Sam! Rights are being stripped from people a little bit more each day. It is complete insanity. The arm of the State has attempted to replace the Arm of the LORD! Their yoke isn't easy though, it enslaves you.

Church, we must rise up to the occasion. May we not cower in this time of trial, but trust in our risen Lord! Call and email your local and state level politicians. Be involved locally and make your voice heard. Educate others about governmental tyranny. Pray for the Lord's hand of mercy and repentance in our land. And love your family, disciple your children, work as if working for the Lord, and turn to Christ in faith.

Soli deo gloria!

Pastor Kam

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