Trinity and Government

The Necessity of the Trinity


“The implications of the doctrine of the Trinity offer a remedy for socialism (collectivism) and individualism (libertarianism). Socialism, Marxism and all forms of collectivism, elevate the importance of the group, the society, and the state over the individual and his rights and freedoms, thereby laying the basis for the absolute rule of the sovereign state, which always disregards the individual and which destroys creativity, freedom and human life. In this view, the individual citizen is sacrificed when necessary for the best interests of the state. Stalin, Mao, and their ilk, can kill millions of their own citizens for the welfare of the state. The U.S.A. can kill by abortion millions of unborn babies for the welfare of society.

“Democratic individualism, also called libertarianism, is the opposite of Socialism. Whereas all forms of socialism believe in the sovereignty of the state, libertarianism believes in the sovereignty and autonomy of the individual. It so exalts the individual that the importance of the group, the proper activity of the state, and the validity of universal laws are denied. In this view, for example, marriage as an institution is discarded and the desires of individuals reign supreme. Laws forbidding abortion or homosexual behavior are viewed as illegitimate restrictions on individual autonomy.

“A Christian Trinitarian perspective on life and society stands above and over against these views, for it believes neither in the sovereignty of the state nor in the sovereignty of the individual, but in the sovereignty of the Triune God. It exalts neither the group to the exclusion of the individual, nor the individual to the denial of the group. The emphasis in the Bible is on the individual within the family at work through the church in discipling the nations of the world (Matt. 28:19–20). The Bible recognizes the equal ultimacy of the individual in particular and of human society in general. Neither are sovereign. Only God is sovereign, and all individuals and societies are accountable to Him to live in terms of His revealed order and plan for life. God’s word is an authoritative and all-sufficient manual of direction for individuals and for groups, for private morality and for public justice.” –Joseph C. Morecraft, III, Authentic Christianity (Powder Springs, Georgia: American Vision Press, 2009)  p. 388-389, Volume 1


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