Government in its Place

A part of the Layman Looks at Law series

We have, over decades past, adopted a social mindset that needs to be challenged. This mindset involves our relationship government. We, the people of this nation, have grown to believe that we are subject to the dictates of government. This is unlawful and not biblical!

A delegated authority cannot be again delegated.1
The power which is derived cannot be greater than that from which it is derived.

These maxims of law,3 when understood, identify the proper position of government with respect to the people.

God created humankind; all of us being equal, and made us rulers over the earth and everything on the earth.4 We cannot now, in turn, delegate back to God a responsibility for any part of that task. We do not have the authority to do so. Imagine assigning the task of cleaning the garage to your son who then states that, since this is now his responsibility, he delegates to you the privilege of sweeping the floor. You would quickly explain that this is not how things work. That is essentially what the maxims above tell us:

    1. The authority given to us by God is never sufficient to allow us, in turn, to assign any portion of the responsibility back onto God.
      2. As the created, we answer to God, and the power, rights, or authority that we have from Him can never be greater than those He has.

With this in mind let’'s look at our elected government.

Who created our government? Don’'t be too quick to say God did, since, in scripture, He has much negative to say about governments. We created government. We selected some from among us to form a body politic, a corporation, and have empowered it to manage the resources and responsibilities of this nation on our behalf. We created government to serve us and, since we are its creator and have delegated to it a portion of our authority, this government should be in subjection to us.

How have we become a human resource from which they can make demands? How is it that we now are required to apply for the privilege to fish, to operate a vehicle on our roads, or to work in a particular profession? We could, in the past, fish for food or pleasure and then at some point that activity became illegal without a government issued licence. Were we really required to purchase that privilege from the government or did we act out of ignorance of our rights?

Why ignorance? We have lost sight of some basic truths such as the maxims sited above. We have, over time, come to believe that we answer to them.

Justice William C. Goodloe, (1919-1997) of the Washington State Supreme Court, speaking of the US Constitution said:

"It is the first time in all of civilized history, going back to the beginning; it’s the first time in the history of mankind that a people have been told that their rights come not from the generosity of the state, ... you don'’t hear your politicians talking about that. In fact they don’t even want to talk about our rights coming from the hand of God. They think it comes from them. And this is one of the basic problems that you people here tonight have, that you are going along with this concept, that you think your powers, and your credence, and your liberties come from the generosity of your legislators."5(emphasis mine)

Even though this transcription is American in origin, the principle applies to all elected governments because of our God given inalienable human rights.6 This may be why many governments seem hell bent on removing God from society.

We think our rights come from our elected officials, but they do not. We, the people of this land, have all the rights, and we delegate a portion of those rights to those elected to government. They cannot then, by Law, delegate to us certain privileges on receipt of some fee. We comply because we do not understand the difference between the Law and their Statutes. We simply don't know the good thing we have, namely our unalienable rights.

"He who does not assert his rights has none."7

We need to change our thinking and to assert our God given rights. That process will take time and effort. Begin that process now.

"When government fears the people there is freedom. When people fear the government there is tyranny." Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826).


1Maxims of Law, Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, 1856 Edition.
3MAXIM. An established principle or proposition. A principle of law universally admitted, as being just and consonant with reason. Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, 1856 Edition
4Genesis 1:28
6Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Canadian Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Independence etc.
7A maxim of Law, Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, 1856 Edition.

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