Even after the Fall, God issued no commands to form a State. Yet one of the most
oft-heard justifications for the State is that, after the Fall, man's will is
depraved. He is prone to sin, and there needs to be some force that will keep
man from committing crimes and to keep society from becoming lawless and chaotic.
Unfortunately, these theorists always nominate fallen, sinful men to occupy this seat
of power. It's as though all citizens are thought to be on the verge of
committing all manner of serial murders, rapes and burglaries, and are easily bribed and
corrupted, but not politicians. Do we really believe that if some of these
citizens are armed with weapons and given a new name (not voters
or citizens, but bureaucrats or public servants, or
officers) they will then stop being depraved and magnanimously keep the rest
of their fellows from committing these crimes?
If human beings are fallen and prone to sin, none of them should be given a monopoly of
Both before and after the Fall, God did not command men to form a State. The formation
of the State is evidence of the Fall; the State is an expression of man's original sin,
the desire to be as gods (Genesis 3:5).