Monday, August 18, 2014

Dirty Poltitics

The general election in New Zealand is about a month away, so the election campaign is heating up. An investigative journalist has released a book called “Dirty Politics” that uses leaked emails to illustrate some of the underhand tactics that have been used by various members of parliament from the governing party. The general message of the book is that we used to have good politics, but now they have gone bad.

People are shocked, but I am not. The book just reveals the nature of the system. Political power attracts the spiritual powers of evil, so politics is always dirty. Modern technology is just making it harder for the powers of evil to hide. Nasty stuff is normal, because the spiritual powers of evil that work in the political system are nasty.

The following is an excerpt from a book called the Authority of God that I am working on.

When the people of a city or nation submit to their political leaders, they give them authority over their lives. If the powers of evil get to control the people at the top of the political hierarchy, they gain authority over all the people submitted to them. Concentration of political power leverages the authority of the powers of evil.

The spiritual powers that control political leaders are called “principalities and powers” in the Bible. Some, like Prince of Persia, take the name of their nation (Dan 10:20). They have immense authority on earth, despite their defeat on the cross, because people submit to the leaders controlled by them. Political leaders have legal authority of their people, so attacking them gives the principalities and powers control over cities and nations.

Focussing on individual people is a very inefficient way for the powers of evil to use their shrinking power. If an evil spirit gains control over one person, it can make that person’s life miserable, but that is all. By getting control over a political leader, the same spirit can make an entire nation miserable. The powers of evil amplify their power by attacking people with political authority.

The power of evil is mostly an illusion, but concentrating on a few powerful people has allowed the forces of evil to magnify their pathetic power. Controlling human political power has amplified their authority out of proportion to their strength.
  • When principalities and powers gain control over the political leaders of a city or nation, they gain authority over all the people who submit to them.

  • When political authorities ignore God, they give the principalities and powers authority over their city or nation.

  • Politicians are committed to the power of coercion, so they align naturally with the principalities and powers. They unwittingly collude together in a silent partnership, because they need each other.

  • When new people gain political power, they are quickly overwhelmed by the principalities and powers, so they just go along. Democratic change usually fails, because any new government is dominated by the same spirits.

Christians often assume that only evil nations are controlled by the powers of evil. It is easy to point at a nation like Iran and see the “Prince of Persia” at work. However, it is much harder to see the principalities and power that control our own nation. Nevertheless, they are there, because all political power attracts principalities and powers. If Christians submit to the political authorities in their city or nation, they give the associated principalities and powers some authority in their lives, even if they do not know who they are. They are for more dangerous that those we often point our fingers at.

The election campaign here is getting nasty. However, it is not a struggle to see which political party will control the nation. It is an exercise by the spiritual principalities and powers to make sure that they remain in control.

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