Kingdom of God vs. Democracy
aymon de albatrus
"Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new.'" (Rev 21:3-4)
These days we are heavily bombarded from every side that democracy is the answer to most of the evils in today's world. We are constantly told how concerned we should be to support and promote democracy and every effort is made to export democracy to everywhere, even tough the locals may not want it. The idea of democracy stems out from the humanistic view that man is generally good, and arguments for democracy are forcibly advanced (even by Christian President) because this view believes that mankind is generally good and decent and would act wisely together. This concept is untrue for the Bible instead presents the Christian doctrine of the fallen condition of every single natural man and consequently of the whole human race. "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Gen 6:5)
Unfortunately the Humanistic view of democracy is prevalently believed all over the world.
The sad thing is that most Christians are sold out to the idea of Democracy for they follow the cultural trend of this society and have installed and defend democracy in their churches. Anyone looking at the way we run and govern our churches would have no trouble to say that we are democratic. And yet every Christian is expected to be a Monarchist for we serve a King and not just a king, but the King of kings. Virtually all Christians would say, "Christ is the head of the Church, Eph 5:23" as we mimic the apostle Paul. But do we demonstrate real understanding and obedience to our King in our every dayís living or are we blindly following the pied pipers of democracy? Methinks that when Christians say "Christ the King" they do not fully realize that we are citizens of a Kingdom and not of a Democracy.
What kind of world has Democracy produced? You do not have to go very far, just look around and see that this modem world has dispensed with most loyalties, be they to church or family or president or king or even nation. In our world virtue has almost no place, we cannot expect to be governed better by a consensus of bad men than by a single bad man. Indeed, the single bad man may experience some moments of remorse or goodness. But in a group, such sentiments are swamped by the general passion of the mob rule and all go down together. We have sees recently in the ME a bunch of terrorists being elected "democratically" to government, but they are still terrorists.
We must identify and reject the well sounding but vain philosophy of "relative equality" in opinion and position, which continues to permeate the subculture of believers (Col 2:8). The Kingdom of God is obviously not a democracy, and for very good reasons. Whether we are ordained ministers or simply members of a congregation, our opinions, even all of our opinions put together, have no place or standing in the just and righteous rule of God's Kingdom, unless they are in line with Godís will: "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us:" (1Jo 5:14)
If we truly are slaves (doulos) of the King who has created us, maintaining us in life, loved, and freed us from self and delivered us from the evil one, then we must recognize that it is His word, His desires, His ways, and His work alone that matter. None of us has been put here to rule, for we are slaves, although some are just specially anointed by our King to serve His people and Him: "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" (Eph 4:12) The sole purpose of our life is to: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." (Ecc 12:13) and we should seize the opportunity He has given us to serve before Him, unworthy slaves that we are: "So also when you have done all things commanded you, you say, We are unprofitable slaves, for we have done what we ought to do." (Luk 17:10)
Democracy has taken the Christians that readily lip praise Him as "our Lord and King" to the point that when in dire straits they readily rely on their own will and opinion and they tend to adopt the solutions of our democratic society. Echoes of Israel of old: "In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes." (Jdg 21:25) The tendency is to believe and obey this "Lord" of ours only insofar as we agree with Him. We are very concerned about the effects that absolute obedience to the King will have on our lives, our church and family, we worry about what other people would think of us if we were to totally submit to the Lord. Yet no less than total dedication is required by the King if we are His disciples: "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." (Luk 14:26)
Democracy proclaims the lie that everyone is the captain of his own soul, when in fact we are limited in every direction, but people believe it and want it and fall for it, even Christians. This Satan inspired concept appeals very much to the carnal mind, this is the reason as to why it has taken on widely in the world. Democracy offers the lure of making everyone free to do what one wants, free even of God, a thing that charms very much the natural man. Indeed: "Democracy and the Kingdom of God are mutually exclusive". Democracy drives us to search for our self-realization, for a life that is to our own liking, but our Lord warns that we will lose everything for one day we shall face up to Him and give an account of how we lived: "36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mar 8:36-37)
We see in our own lives and in all of those we know that we all are sinful continually, as the Word of God declares. Why then in a Democracy people that are sinful make the laws, and all are sinners (Rom 3:23) and thus we can only make sinful laws? Just look to recent laws allowing for: abortion, gay "rights", anti-death penalty, divorce, etc. These are the result of sinful humans trying to rule themselves. We are unfit to rule ourselves. In fact, when we try to rule ourselves, the laws become so complicated, no one fully understands them, and these are full of loopholes, if you got enough money then you can get the right lawyer to get you out of practically anything. . What we need is God's law, the Ten Commandments as a rule of life. From it, we stem all other rules and justifications. Every single law should be based on those.
Actually the concept of democracy was invented by Satan himself and his cohorts wanting to be like God and do as they pleased but this "freedom" resulted in expulsion from heaven: "And he said to them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." (Luk 10:18)
Satan, his demons, the angels, humans are all created beings by Him and subjected to His righteous Laws and cannot do as they please for all are responsible to obey God and any transgression to that will meet just punishment. (this is very upsetting to the natural man) For example in His Law God has told us not to blasphemed, but according to democracy however, we can blaspheme, because democracy says we have freedom of speech. But if we blaspheme, we go to hell. Thus you can see we don't really have the freedom to speak as we wish. No matter how much we want to be separated from the law of God, we are nevertheless under the Ten Commandments, even in a democracy. We cannot do anything we wish without being punished. We cannot rule ourselves. God must rule us, whether we like it or not, there is no escape.
People believe that democracy seeks what is best for the citizens, but that is not necessarily so. If the majority wants drugs given to children, then drugs will be given to children. If the majority wants to murder unborn babies at will, then these will be killed with full consensus of the democratic law, as we have today, without regard to the harm that such action can cause.
Democracy is wrong for it does not take into account (none whatsoever) of the ordinances of God who of course, knows best for mankind. Democracy acts from the selfish whims of depraved man; and since every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually of man is depraved, only rubbish can come out of from democracy.
In contrast the Kingdom of God is a place where only His saved ones will be. Those who love Him and are totally obedient to him: "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9) The Bible gives us some clues but does not go into great detail about the future destination of the saved. Why is that so? Well heaven will be so great and glorious that our minds cannot contain the blessings and riches of heaven. It hasn't even entered into our minds the good things God has prepared for His people in heaven.
The Kingdom is the place where God is present:
"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 10:32,33)
The Kingdom is a place of worship:
"And the four beasts had each of them six wings about [him]; and [they were] full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." (Revelation 4:8-11)
The names of the elect are written in the Kingdom:
"Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven." (Luke 10:20)
In the Kingdom there will not be ailments, sadness or tears:
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:4)
There will be Joy in the Kingdom:
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field." (Matthew 13:44)
"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy," (Jude 1:24)
There will be treasures in the Kingdom:
"Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me." (Mark 10:21)
His people will receive rewards for a job well done:
"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." (Matthew 5:12)
"Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward [is] great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets." (Luke 6:23)
In the Kingdom everything is done according to Godís will without any committee or elections:
"And he said to them, When you pray, say, Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, as in heaven, so in earth." (Luk 11:2)
In the Kingdom, God the King rules over His elected people,
In a Democracy, the majority rules over their elected leaders,
The Kingdom of God and Democracy are mutually exclusive,
Democracy is devised by men, all men are evil, and therefore democracy is evil,
A man cannot serve both the Kingdom and democracy, he will be serving two masters,