Does Mankind have the Power for Self-Government? Part One

Lesson One Part One

I can of my own self do nothing.

John 5:30

1. What produces mankind’s ability to be self-governed?

James Madison, writing in The Federalist, said:

  “…that honorable determination which animates every votary (vow or promise) of freedom: to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.”

This famous phrase has echoed down more than two centuries of American history. What is it that produces mankind’s ability to be self-governed? History shows that mankind’s ability to govern itself is in direct proportion to the relationship of the individual to God, to Christ.

For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me and every tongue shall confess to God. So then each of us will give account of himself to God.

Romans 14: 11-12 NSV

2. What Biblical principles have made our nation a beacon light of hope and opportunity to all mankind?

The civil and religious liberties of our American Constitutional Republic represented a new era in the history of government. These Biblical principles of protection to the individual’s conscience, life, property and productivity have made our nation a beacon-light of hope and opportunity to all mankind.

Teach the Children**: 

  1. Faith is resting your heart on God, the author of life, that you may be kept from evil and follow all good. 
  2. Faith is a choice in all you do, not just a decision of the mind.

Jesus said, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

John 6:35 NSV

*The Bible and the Constitution of the United States of America: A Primer of American Liberty, Verna M. Hall and Rosalie J. Slater (The Foundation for American Christian Education, 2012) “Our Heritage of Christian Character and Government”, pp. 14-16.

**Paraphrased from: The Marrow of Theology, William Ames, translated from the Latin by John D. Eusden, (United Church Press, 1968) p.80.

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