Friday, April 06, 2007

God's Rule

Most people assume that democracy is a superior form of government, but democracy is rule by the people (demos kratos = people rule). The problem is that sin and the fall means that people can make terrible mistakes so democracy is dangerous. Many of the worst political dictators were voted into power by large majorities. Democracy generally results in the majority group in a society ruling over minority group that loses their freedom.

Winston Churchill’s statement is often quoted, as if it were true. He said,

Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.
This statement is incorrect, because the best form of government has never been tried. The best method of government is theocracy. Theocracy is the rule of God (theos kratos = god rule). Theocracy is the same as the Kingdom of God. Kings rule over kingdoms.

God is king of the Kingdom of God, so he rules in the Kingdom of God. This means that the Kingdom of God is the same as the rule of God. Christians believe in the Kingdom of God, so we should be supporters of theocracy and not democracy. The rule of God is the best, because it is the only way to blessing.


Greg said...

Sadly, the American Church must bear much responsibility for exporting a flawed governmental system to the world it has sought to evangelize.

When the infant church in America began to experience the blessing of God, leaders sought a new form of government out of which they hoped this new church would flourish. Looking to secular society, these men saw the "Bold Experiment" of a Republican / Democratic form being developed. Without consulting God - much as Israel did when demanding a king (Saul), the church adopted a secular form to contain spiritual life. The result is more than 200 years of painful "limping."

In thirty-five years of working with the "institution" of the church, I've found that most church problems are government problems. If we would trust God, as Ron has urged, many church problems would dissolve for lack of fuel.

Ron McK said...

I agree

Aaron said...

The church is a spiritual theocracy. I do not believe that God intends to establish a civil theocracy in the New Covenant age - at least I can't find such a thing in scripture.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Amen, Ron. What you say here is so vitally important for us in Jesus in this present age, yet I'm afraid little understood.

We may not always see eye to eye how this paradigm is to be lived out by us and the ramifications. But we definitely need to get to this paradigm and that's signficant.


Ron McK said...

I do not understand what you are saying. Are you saying that God's kingdom is purely spiritual and does not impact on life on this earth where we live it. Are you saying that there are some parts of life that are beyond God's influence.

I am not sure what the terms spiritual theocracy and civil theocracy mean.