Christianity and Politics

... Where lies the boundary?

THE PLACE OF DEMOCRACY IN GOD'S PLAN

    Democratic governance, which has come to be the order of the day in most nations of the world, is by no means God’s original plan, neither is it the best form of government, but, without doubt, it is the most practicable system of government for a world of mixed multiple, where the spirit filled heavenly connected children of God must live side by side with everyone else, in which some did not acknowledge the existence of God, let alone believing a Prophet, should it be declared that God has appointed someone to lead them!

The very definition of democracy makes it rebellious and hugely carnal, to say the least. The government of the people by the people for the people is nothing other than a ‘carnal trinity’. It is a very fragile system which can be easily hijacked by the devil, except God’s instructions regarding His permissive will on ‘democracy’ is meticulously adhered to, as it is the case with many developed countries today, where demons manipulate leaders to institute unimaginable laws like same sex marriage, and not only do they think they are still sane but they are even attempting to technically coerce other nations to do the same! This is the very reason why true believers must not sit on the fence when it comes to who and who lead their nations, states, local government councils, wards and even cities, towns and villages.

UNITY

One may be tempted to ask, if men have rebelled against God and have chosen a system of government for himself to govern himself by himself, what more has God to do with governance in the midst of mankind? Every spiritual person knows that human race have only been loud-mouthed in their claim of self-governance without recourse to God. God indeed and no one else is the ultimate ruler and ultimate decider in the affairs of men. If the heathen dwell in self-deceit the believers are definitely not. The earth is created by God (Genesis 1:1). The earth exists for God’s pleasure (Revelation 4:10-11). The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Psalms 24:1-2; Psalms 89:11; Exodus 9:29). In the same vein God is in charge of who gets what on earth (1 Corinthians 4:7). He is the final authority that determines who is to be enthroned and who is to be dethroned (Ps75:6-7). Above all, God knew well ahead that men would one day demand to be left alone to governance himself, and still in His rich mercy, like He did for Adam and Eve; He already made a route of escape, if only men will use the route.

No doubt, theocracy which is the best form of government, since it has the direct guidance of the all-knowing God, is too advanced and too sacred for the heathen to understand, let alone practice. The practical reality of this subject is that not even all Christian ministries and organizations have been able to determine successors by this means also, for ‘human’ reasons. Pure theocracy is therefore reserved for Christian organizations that are able to live largely in the spirit, above greed, lucre of office, tribalism, nepotism and other dictates of the flesh. Bearing in mind the current reality in civil societies, what then is God’s specific instruction to his children under a system where people will like to choose leaders to lead them by themselves, as in all democratic systems? Our best guide remains God’s instruction to Israel after they left Egypt, having been aware that they will sooner or later demand self governance!

PROSPERITY

 In the book of Deuteronomy 17:14-20 (KJV) God instructed His people: “When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shall possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me; 15 Thou shall in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother. 16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. 17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold. 18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, then he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: 20 That his heart be not lifted above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.”

The above is God’s concise handbook for governance in all democratic states as well as in other political systems. Beginning from verse 14, it is evidently clear that a time will come when the people will demand to choose their leaders by themselves. “ ... and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me.” This is obviously not God’s perfect will for the people, but all the same God envisaged a time like this will come and whether we like it or not, we are living in such a time. That man rebelled to choose a system outside theocracy is no longer a subject for further debate. The real hurdle to cross is how to actualize the instructions of God that follows. By far the greatest assignment in this dispensation is choosing a leader that God has chosen!!! This is definitely a herculean task in a ‘mixed multitude’. It may become a ‘near impossible mission’, except everyone that has a role to play (as will be discussed latter) actually rise up to perform such roles, and with total commitment too.

SYMBOL OF OUR RESOLVE - THE NATIONAL FLAG

God’s charge in verse 15 left the people with no option. “Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose…” It is a direct order that the people must choose whoever God have chosen! Otherwise, things will go awry, no matter the natural qualities possessed by the leaders the people have chosen for themselves outside of God’s choice. This singular problem, more than anyone else, is why the world systems and leaders seem to be creating more problems than they are solving. In the real spiritual sense of ‘good governance’, the developed nations are not better than the developing nations! The devil is only playing tricks with nations and their leaders depending on the levels of spiritual and physical ignorance of such nations and their leaders. In fact, it seems more spiritually noble, edifying and safer to be a Nigerian for instance, with her current maligned reputation, than to be a citizen of any of those nations where it is legal for a man to marry a fellow man.

The instructions in the second part of verse fifteen as well as other verses will be discussed in depth in subsequent chapters as occasion arises.

Key Points in Chapter One: *Democracy is not God’s perfect will. *God knew men will one day embrace it. *God accepted the arrangement under His permissive will. *God gave specific instructions to the people on who they should choose to govern them. *God gave specific instructions to leaders chosen by the people on what is required of them as leaders of the people.

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