God established government (Romans 13:1-7). Government is the institution God designed to punish those who do wrong and commend those who do right (1 Peter 2:13-14). When sin entered the world, God could have easily left us to our own vices, but in His mercy, He gave us government. He gave us a unique institution designed to give fallen people law, order, and stability in a world being destroyed by the chaos of sin. It is our protector. That is why God calls all governing authorities His servants.
Administering justice, however, can be very tricky. You must understand who God is to administer true justice, for justice is part of God’s character. God loves justice (Isaiah 61:8); He requires justice; and yet – He is also the God of mercy and compassion. These two virtues – justice and mercy – are somehow woven simultaneously into the character of God. And for government to reflect God’s design, it must also reflect His character – and that means ruling with both virtues – justice and mercy.
For the Church Ambassador Network to be effective, we must understand God’s design for government so that we can encourage governing authorities to embrace God’s purposes. As government works to embrace God’s design, it needs guidance from the Church. It is not the Church’s responsibility to create public policy (see Matthew 5:38-47 on how Jesus taught to have a higher standard than the law). That role belongs to the government. If the kings of today are to administer justice, as God has called them to, they must walk with the Lord their God, seek counsel and guidance from His Church, and call to Him for the wisdom they need to administer both justice and mercy. If they do this, then their government will be a blessing to its people and will lead them in the way of righteousness: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).