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"The Government"

I agree that "it is very important that we teach our children about the true nature of government." The lesson plans in the posting are worthy of consideration by all serious parents.

Not to detract from their merit, but to put their application in
perspective, consider that teaching about "the true nature of government" is like teaching about "the true nature of salesmen". Not all salesmen are alike. Some good salesmen sell good products, and are to be appreciated for their service. Others are to be avoided like the plague. Governments differ too.

There is only one government which in the scriptures is honored by the designation of "the government"--"...unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." (Isaiah 9:6,7)

What is "the true nature of government" depends on which government we have in mind or choose for ourselves.

The lesson plans can well be used to teach "the principles on which the modern state deals with its citizens", and "the benefits of democracy".

"The nature of the society in which we live" again depends on which society (circle of supportive friends) we choose and recognize for ourselves. "Our society", "our culture", "our people", and "our government" are entrapment phrases which are used presumptively to condition children and adults into believing that they are doomed to bondage among slaves without any choice on their part. The truth is that all legitimate governments derive their just powers "from the consent of the governed", and that by individual choice, not by majority vote.

"...choose you this day whom ye will serve;...but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15 (democratic version: we will serve the majority choice)

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness: and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord almighty." IICorinthians 6:14-18l