The two paragraphs that follow are the opening of the third chapter of my forthcoming book, Change Your Life
Relationships and government are two central aspects of life on earth. When speaking of relationships, we generally refer to two or more persons assuming roles that are oriented toward one another (husband and wife, mother, father and children [siblings], etc.). Such relationships are specific and much more complex than the average person cares to recognize. It is often the case that human beings engage in such relationships with little thought of what their role entails, operating by some form of “instinct” that is frequently driven by self-centered urges. In many cases living like unreasoning animals (2 Pe.2:12; Jude 1:10). When speaking of government, we refer to the control one exercises over abilities and tendencies. One must exercise thoughtful, individual government in order to have healthy relationships. The combination of relationships and government plays a dynamic role in shaping life on planet earth.
The most important relational consideration is one’s relationship with the Creator. I often ask people if they believe that everyone has a relationship with God. Through the ensuing discussion, I aim to make the point that, in fact, everyone has a relationship with God. However, it is very important to make a distinction between a right relationship and a wrong relationship. It is often the case that people naively and idealistically assume that simply acknowledging the existence of God results in a right relationship with Him. For example, one would not assume that a rapist acknowledging the existence of his rape victim means they have a right relationship. Right relationship involves honoring a certain set of moral criteria; criteria that the human race has attempted to eliminate in many ways throughout the ages. The approach one takes toward relationship with God will affect every other relational issue we face as this is the fundamental starting point for all other relationships and the focal point for gaining clarification of our moral criteria. If our relationship with God is wrong, the foundation has been laid for all other relationships to be fundamentally flawed. The essence of a wrong relationship with God is to place greater value on anything or anyone than the value one recognizes in God.