From the second Psalm to the book of Revelation and numerous scriptures in between, the word of God recounts what history books readily concur – the governments of man easily and regularly become hostile toward the kingdom of God. But why?
Is the hostility due to the detrimental or depraved effects upon the hearts of men and women, or their societies and cultures? No! A practiced Christianity creates people who care for themselves, their spouse, their children, their family, their neighbor and the stranger who lives among them (Colossians 3:12-20).
Is the hostility due to the desire of God’s kingdom to create an earthly kingdom with a physical capital, physical borders and a physical military with the goal of physically conquering the world? No! A practiced Christianity understands that the kingdom of God is not of this world and that leaders in position of authority are to be respected (John 18:36, Philippians 3:20; 1 Peter 2:17).
Is the hostility due to the disinterest and indifference of God’s kingdom toward current societal problems or the rule of law because of the belief in life beyond this world? No! A practiced Christianity creates a personal responsibility that rejects laziness, shows compassion to the less fortunate while also understanding the importance of keeping civility through law enforcement (2 Thessalonians 3:10-13; 1 Timothy 2:1-2, 6:17-19; Romans 13:1-7).
So why? Why are governments so hostile toward Christianity? The answer is because the nature of human governments, if not reigned with checks and balances, will desire to control all aspects of our speech, behavior, wealth, education, law, loyalty and obedience … and these aspects will eventually become contrary to, and demand a compromise of, the standard of righteousness required by God from his people. Governments are not hostile because they fear the “evils” of Christianity – they fear the unwillingness of Christianity to commit the evils they require.
The past, present and future show no less than two things: the nature of human governments will not change toward the authority of God and neither will Jesus (Genesis 11:4, Daniel 2, Acts 4:25-26, Revelation 17:5-6, Hebrews 12:28, 13:8).
“… Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:28-29 NKJV)