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.