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Politics and Proverbs (part b)

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Lesson

After a review of the preceding lecture, Dr. Waltke talks about how we are in a spiritual and political war with "fools." The wise retrain evil by punishing wrong doers. Non-involvement is a vote for the wicked. The benefits of a righteous and just government.

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Outline

Proverbs and Politics (part 2)

I. Christian Involvement in Political Activity (cont)

B. Positive assessment of why Christians should be involved in politics

1. Proverbs presupposes involvement in politics (1:00)

a. Authorship and addressees are kings and court officials

b. Content democratized – given to all Israel to shape the character of then nation, which will shape the character of the government.

c. Salvation history (2:30)

1. Metanarrative is that all people are created in God’s image to rule creation

2. Immediate Satanic opposition who usurps human authority making a savior necessary. Results in political battle

3. Lord’s Prayer – God’s rule being realized on earth. War between rule of God and rule of Satan. Political battle to decide who will rule

2. God, politics and religion are inseparable (5:45) (From chart on culture)

a. Worldview (God)

b. Ethics (values)

c. Politics (government) – government is application of the ethics and preserves your values

d. Behavior

3. A just government is the foundation for a nation’s economic prosperity and social well-being (12:45)

Without a just government, philanthropy is mostly wasted. A government’s primary responsibility is to promote justice

4. In a democracy, every eligible citizen rules: people replace the king (22:45)

5. The wise recognize that they are in a spiritual war with fools (24:00)

6. The wise restrain evil by punishing wrong-doers (32:05)

7. Non-involvement is a vote for the wicked (32:45)

8. The freedom and opportunity of future generations depend on the present generation’s political action (36:20)

9. Apostolic teaching and practice (37:35)

10. Anti-Christian bias-a “wicked bias”-in American government demands a righteous response (43:35)

E. Count the cost

II. Motivations for a Righteous and Just Government (45:50)

A. For the good of the governed (46:20)

B. For the good of the governing: retains power (1:04:30)