Why Is the Perfect Government So Elusive?
Submitted January 11, 2013
The formal entrance to Zhongnanhai, the seat of China’s communist government.
Source: Wikimedia Commons/Bgabel
The search for the best government has occupied mankind for thousands of years. And yet, no one would ever call any of the systems in place today ideal.
Philosophers come up with utopian ideas, promising a better society. With all of the effort that’s gone into this problem, why can’t we put together a government that everybody is happy with , let alone one that’s perfect ? It turns out the reasons that no one can agree on or execute a perfect government are very basic.
Firstly, human ideas about government clash with God’s way
Libertarianism and Communism are two government systems on opposite ends of a spectrum. Most modern governments fall somewhere in between.
Libertarians embrace individual freedom as the highest priority. They argue that the government should only serve to enforce agreements between people and prevent people from forcing their will on others. In the extreme, libertarians may argue that no government is necessary. The private sector could maintain security better than any government, they would argue. They base their ideas on “natural law, ” which defines right and wrong based on whether an action violates the rights of someone else. Otherwise, anything goes. But “natural law” itself contradicts the Bible because the Bible advocates laws that extend beyond natural law. Any of God’s laws that reach into someone’s personal life would be abhorrent to libertarian thought. For example, libertarians would argue that taxes are a form of theft. But what about tithing, which is God’s tax? Libertarians suggest that each person should be their own ultimate authority. But God requires absolute submission to His authority. A libertarian might ask, “Who is God to tell me how to live my life? Doesn’t everyone deserve to live the way they want?”
On the other end of the spectrum is communism, which seeks to enforce equality of wealth by limiting individual freedom. This is done primarily by taking money from people who have and giving it to those who have not . As Karl Marx put it, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Many communist philosophies are explicitly atheist. They argue that religion makes people accept inequality and the suffering that comes with it. But communist ideals violate the values found in God’s word, too. In purest form, communism would abolish private property and money. Instead, everything would be owned by the government and shared evenly among the citizens. God’s laws do support a “social safety net” for the poor (Deuteronomy 14:28-29  At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates:
 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.
See All…, Leviticus 19:9-10  And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest.
 And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God.
See All…). But the Bible also repeatedly shows that it is God’s pleasure to bless certain people with abundance. This is a problem for communists, since God doesn’t evenly distribute wealth. Yet Paul taught that “[God] has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens” (Romans 9:18Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
See All…). That teaching conflicts with the central message of equality found in communism. A communist might ask, “Who is God to decide who gets a blessing and who doesn’t? Doesn’t everyone deserve the same?”
Boiled down to their essence, both of these ideas are. In both cases, the problem is that they esteem their own values above God’s values. No human government escapes this problem because we rely on our own understanding instead of God’s. Any perfect government must be compatible with God’s word, but the philosophies of this world are at odds with the Bible in one way or another.
Secondly, the heart of man isn’t perfect
Even if a government is well designed, it’s still subject to human nature. Jeremiah 17:9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
See All… states, “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” Every human government is subject to the leadership of fallible men. As a result, corruption has ravaged every government in history. To limit the damage of corruptions, modern governments divide power by checks-and-balances. But ultimately, even this no more good than putting a Band-Aid on cancer! Even in democratic governments, leaders are not chosen for their integrity or righteousness, but for their ideology. Even if society did elect godly leaders, they’d still only be human, subject to human weakness. Fortunately, God has a plan to establish a perfect, corruption-free government that will finally help enforce peace throughout the world!
God’s plan for perfect government
1. Isaiah 2:3And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
See All… —For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
God’s system will be based upon His laws—there will be no more squabbling between men over what’s right or wrong, fair or unfair. Shortsighted philosophies will no longer exalt their own favorite values above all others. Everyone will be subject to the best possible set of rules for a healthy society.
2. Revelation 11:15And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
See All… —Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
Zechariah 14:16-19  And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
See All… and Revelation 20:4-6  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
See All… confirm that Jesus will literally rule over human beings on the earth. He will wrest control away from the nations. Government will no longer be the business of men who are subject to corruption, greed and just plain bad ideas. Instead, Jesus will reign over the earth in righteousness and with perfect character.
3. Ezekiel 11:19-20  And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
See All… —I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them.
God’s Spirit moves people to obey His laws, and Joel 2:28And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
See All… reveals that God’s Spirit will be given to everyone . Jeremiah 31:33-34  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
See All… confirms that everyone will “know the LORD” when Christ reigns as King. Not only will the government be free from corruption, but the people will be inclined to live righteously, treat each other fairly, and deal honestly like never before seen in human history!
Notice that while God’s government will serve to enforce, it’s really the change in the heart of man that will bring peace on earth. Perfect, righteous, Holy character is what will make lasting peace. Given the track record of man’s governments, this revolutionary change can’t come quickly enough.