Thursday, July 24, 2014

From Family to Other Governments

The human race began as a family and from that relationship grew or matured into differentiated relationships of civil and ecclesiastical governments.

"So civil government in Scripture is an expansion of family government.  And, appropriately, Scripture uses father as a metaphor for civil and military rule...Indeed, the metaphor extends to prophets, wisdom teachers, and church leaders...Paul presses the analogy to say that a man should not be an elder in the church if he is not a good father...So the Westminster catechisms understand the fifth commandment, "Honor your father and your mother," as a principle applying to all human relationships." - Frame, ST, p105.

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