In Old Testament Israel, religion and government were practically synonymous. Worshiping the LORD was compulsory, and a sin against God was punishable by men, as well as sins against other men. God's people were God's nation. However, when Christ came, things changed. Now God's kingdom is not of this world, but "our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior..." (Philippians 3:20) Because of this change, God's people now have a different role in earthly government. While in the Old Testament God instructed His people to form a government, under the New Covenant our main objective is to make disciples of all the nations.
What are your thoughts on this?
To what extent do you think Christians should or should not participate in government?
If Christians do write laws, how, if at all, should they be different from those in the old covenant?
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6: 12)