A brief explanation of our beliefs related to how governments should treat their people, and the basis for each belief, is outlined below:
The federal government should do what others cannot. Topics that fit these constitutional categories for federal involvement:
Constitutional basis for limited federal government
Preamble to the U.S. Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Preamble to U.S. Constitution: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed….”
10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively or to the people.”
Biblical support for the role of civil government
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God…” Romans 13:1.
“Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.” Romans 13:7.
This role includes stewardship over the environment. “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in his image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:26-27. “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15.
This role also includes stewardship over the nation’s finances and natural resources.
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They could consult lobbyists, wealthy supporters, pollsters, strategists, or their party leaders. But they shouldn’t. Instead, elected federal leaders should consider and govern according to seven principles on which our nation was formed and around which our government itself was designed.
Not too little; not too much. That is the recipe we follow in giving power to our federal government.
What is the place of the federal government? Should it control our lives? No. Should it do nothing? No. We need a government, but it must be a limited one.