Epistles of Thomas

October 1, 2009

The Kingdom of God is NOT a Democracy

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As I write this Iraq is still in shambles after the transfer of power and US troop reductions. Last month there were “only 600 attacks.” Afghanistan is in turmoil over concerns of election fraud and continuing successful militant attacks on foreign troops and local infrastructure. Many Canadians and Americans are asking, “What are we fighting for?” The answer is “freedom” or “democracy.” The fact is that neither of these values are being implemented as our culture conceives them. Afghanistan recently passed their controversial wife “obligation” bill which would allow a husband to refuse his wife monetary support and even food. Although it was objected to by all those western leaders attempting to assist Afghanistan there is nothing they can do because how to you attack the democratically elected government you helped implement? If you want “true” democracy then you had better be willing to accept the will of the majority regardless of what it does to the minority. This is only the first and most evident problem with the idea that democracy is the value worth fighting for. Democracy is only a viable option is the people have moved beyond living ‘according to the flesh.’ Our society still functions on the vestiges of its past but the signs of decay are all around.

Everyone is agreed that the goddess of democracy is to be worshipped:

Republicans:
“Ours is the cause of human dignity; freedom guided by conscience and guarded by peace. This ideal of America is the hope of all mankind. That hope still lights our way. And the light shines in the darkness. And the darkness will not overcome it.” George Bush, Remarks to the Nation, Ellis Island, September 11, 2002. [But who guides the conscience? Who is the Prince of Peace?]

“There’s power, wonder-working power, in the goodness and idealism and faith of the American people” George Bush, State of the Union Address, January 28, 2003. [Where is the power? Is it not in the death of Jesus and the servant nature of those who follow him?]

Democrats:
“You know, people outside of this country are expressing disappointment because they got high expectations for America. And they want America to lead, they want America to lead through our values, and through our ideals and through our example. But they have high expectations of us because, I think, that this country is still the last best hope on earth.” Barack Obama, The Late Show with David Letterman (April 9, 2007). [Those values which led Letterman to start talking about your suit? click through to read further…America=triviality]

“The American military has succeeded. It is the Iraqi government, which has failed to make the tough decisions that are important for their own people.” Hillary Rodham Clinton, June 20, 2007. [Those tough decision need to be backed up by wonder-working power, not notions of democracy. Who has the power to change lives and nations?]

Lest we think it is only Americans who put their hope in democracy to save the world, here is a quote from the UK’s former Prime Minister:

“There can be no debate about the rights and wrongs of what is happening in Iraq today. The desire for democracy is good. The attempt to destroy it through terrorism is evil.” Tony Blair, February 21, 2007. [The desire for the Kingdom of God is good. Christ warned that the world would attempt to destroy his body but his body is not a democracy, it is led by a head that cannot be outvoted]

The second problem with the notion that democracy trumps all else is that Christians and churches and whole denominations have attempted to outvote God. The body of Christ is not a democracy, it is a benevolent dictatorship in which the dictator went to the cross and died so that his subjects might live in true freedom – freedom from sin and death! A single person or even an entire denomination cannot vote to overturn the dictates of God. I have heard agitators state that they will call a vote and after the ballots are counted they expect the losing side to accept the will of the majority in order to keep unity in the church/denomination. If the subject under debate is that important then the losing side cannot (in good conscience) remain in fellowship with those who (they know) are violating the will of God. If the subject is not that important then there is no reason to have a contentious vote in the first place. If we accept the premise that the Kingdom of God is not a democracy but a dictatorship in which our duty is to obey the will of Christ our head the question of decision making remains. Who speaks for Christ? The Catholic Church had that question answered centuries ago but our Protestant solutions have varied. We currently embrace democracy but generally it has reflected the political leadership of the era. Luther answered “Scripture alone” is our guide and most would accept that but the problem is that both (or more) sides of an argument claim to have scriptural support. Who decides the meaning of scripture? Which hermeneutic do we engage it with? What manner of exegesis will give us God’s will for today? The answers are difficult to come by but one thing should be clear: we cannot count on the democratic paradigm to save us for “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Tim 4:3f). Doesn’t that sound like democracy?

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  1. Quite clear that a “democracy” would better be called a “demo’n’cray”…….

    For “the multitudes(majority) follow the broad way to destruction” and “few their be who follow the narrow way”…….

    So it is, that in a “demo’n’cray” where the majority(multitudes) rules, that Creation(water, air, land, vegetation, creatures) will be destroyed and that which is Spirit(Light, Truth, Life, Love, Peace, Faith, Wisdom,,etc.) will be perverted ;-(

    Comment by francisco — October 2, 2009 @ 15:26 | Reply

    • I wouldn’t go that far. The system of democracy depends on the “will of the people” and that depends on whether or not “the people” are praying the Lord’s Prayer: “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Any other human system of government can fall into the same abuses but only democracy depends on the depravity of the majority to truly institute systemic disobedience to the will of God.

      Comment by Thomas — October 3, 2009 @ 19:40 | Reply

  2. demo’n’ocracy indeed and Truth…….

    Simply, “the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one” indeed and Truth…….

    So it is that the Brethren of The Messiah are exhorted to:

    “Love not the world”

    The Messiah testified: “If the world hates you know that it hated Me before it hated you.” (John 5:18) “The world cannot hate you; but the world hates Me, because I testify that the works of this world are evil.” (John 7:7)” Truly, Truly, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life in this world shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall have it unto Life Eternal.” (John 12:24-25) “If you were of the world, the world would love it’s own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you”. (John 15:19) and “The Messiah gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of GOD, Our Father.”(Gal 1:4)

    The Apostle John testified, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world will pass away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of GOD will abide for ever.” (I John 2:15-17)

    The Apostle James testified, “Where do wars and fighting among you come from? Do they not come of your lusts that war in your members? You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts. You adulterers and adulteresses, don’t you know the friendship of this world is enmity with GOD? Therefore, whoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of GOD.” (James 4:1-4)

    And The Apostle John testified, “The WHOLE world is under the control of the evil one.” (1John 5:19)

    Question is, “Why is it that the multitudes believe that a certain portion of this world is not “under the control of the evil one””?

    Discernment has taught me that the multitudes compare one portion of this “evil world” to another, “which is not wise”, and then that portion which is the lesser evil in their own mind, becomes their version of good ;-(

    Sadly, seems it’s a game people play, the “gevid” game, and all who play are losers ;-(

    “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light, and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isa 5:20)

    So it is that the multitudes love this evil world, it’s things, and their own life in and of it ;-(

    And “the few” who follow The Messiah “on the narrow way”?

    They have “set their affections on things above”, Heavenly things…….

    They are “In, yet not of this world” indeed and Truth…….

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this evil world……. francis

    Comment by Francis — October 3, 2009 @ 20:02 | Reply


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