PADM 550 - Synthesis Paper.docx - Running Head ROLE OF GOVERNMENT The Affordable Care Act The Governments Role and Biblical Principles Jon Skeens PADM

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Running Head: ROLE OF GOVERNMENT The Affordable Care Act: The Government’s Role and Biblical Principles Jon Skeens PADM 550- B03 Dr. Tory Weaver January 28 th , 2017
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GOVERNMENT 2 It is generally accepted that biblical principals were integrated into the formation of Western governments, especially the United States government. According to Monsma “even if sin had never entered the world, some form of government would have been necessary” (Monsma, 2005) in God’s perfect creation. Of course it would have been governed differently but a government would have been required as the generations grew. The Bible outlines important concepts that dictate the role of government, including the concepts of inalienable rights; natural law; separation of church and state; covenant/federalism; and sin/crime distinction. The Bible is clear on the relationship between Christians and the government. Peter wrote, “therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good,” (1 Peter 2:13-14, NKJV). Biblical Concepts Inalienable Rights. The Bible clearly states that God is the creator of man and that man has been blessed with assured human rights. The book of Genesis confirms that we are made in God’s image and that man has dominion over the earth. In an article by Fischer, inalienable rights is defined as “those rights that are inherent to our personhood. They cannot be taken away, nor can they be given away. Inalienable rights are defined as life, liberty and property.” (Fischer, 2013).
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