The End of Democracy [justin]

Do you know what the one big problem is with government “of the people, by the people, and for the people”? People are idiots… or more theologically, sinful and at many times completely God-less, specifically, without God.

Granted, good ole Abe did give a nod to being “under God”, but I wonder if that was more an idealistic hope rather than a declaration of present reality. With all due respect Mr. Lincoln, I stand in disagreement in the desire for the government of the people to “not perish from the earth”.

Maybe if we all were more sanctified, democracy would be a more fruitful ideal… but there is a catch 22 in that… for the more holy we are made, the more control we would hand over to our true King, knowing and resting in His benevolence and righteousness, working gracefully in the responsibilities He has prepared for us, taking up our right to pursue justice, our right to love kindness, our right to walk humbly, our right to bless our enemy, and our right to suffer as He has suffered.

Don’t get me wrong, in my limited knowledge of politics, I think democracy may be the “best” political system the world has, but it’s still broken beyond belief. It does, however, faithfully display the dualistic nature of humanity to idolize anything it can…

…conservative into capitalist into consumer into isolated narcissist…
…liberal into socialist into humanist into communal narcissist.

Oh how I wish apathy was a fruit of the Spirit, but it’s not and I’m still searching for a way to rightfully interact with politics and nation.

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Church government  that operates under the congregational rule concerns me. (Don’t even get me started on the anarchy of “I don’t need the church, just Jesus” movement). Human leadership (as designed by God) in the church is important and a ton of things rise and fall on it (including discipleship). Biblical references are plentiful of God raising up leaders to raise up people. There is no difference in value of persons, but there is in calling and anointing.

In the Hebrew Scriptures there is this story of Korah and his posse coming against Moses and Aaron who were the leaders at the time. Basically Korah’s complaint was “Hey! We and the congregation hear from God, too. Why should you have some ‘elevated’ status?” Long story short, God causes the earth to open up and swallow Korah and his gang (see 7-11 pun), judging their rebellion and justifying God’s leadership in Moses and Aaron.

The funny thing is that Korah had leadership… Moses says, “Is is too small a thing that God has made you priests, that God has drawn you near, that you minister unto the people?” But Korah’s leadership wasn’t like Moses and Aaron and in jealousy Korah came against God’s design.

Furthermore on the topic of Church government, sheep need a shepherd. Good leaders listen to their sheep, but that doesn’t mean doing what the sheep want all the time, rather it means doing what the Great Shepherd desires for His flock even if in opposition to their want. This can be weighty as we see a ton of judgment on God’s shepherds in scripture for not being who they are suppose to be… sometimes they use an ax to perform spiritual surgery rather than a scalpel, other times they say everything is good when it most certainly is not. But even in the brokenness of leadership (read THIS if you’ve felt wounded by leadership before), people still need to be led, else they will become stagnant.

My friend lamented a few weeks ago how his church had a vote to not do a church plant even though they were beyond capacity for a while. The reason — a majority of people didn’t want to leave the confines of what they were used to and were afraid that they wouldn’t have the resources that were available at the original location.

A majority of the congregation voted selfishly and they won. My friend was hopefully, however, that at least this showed how immature the church was as a whole and how numeric growth doesn’t correlate with internal growth. He knew that discipleship needed to take root rather than just converts.

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Leading up to the Women’s Suffrage of 1920, there was some humorous and witty literature. In her book, “Are Women People” [full TEXT here], Alice Miller wrote the following satirical poem. Be sure to check out some more of her writing in the link above.

Why We Oppose Votes for Men

1. Because man’s place is the armory.

2. Because no really manly man wants to settle any question otherwise than by fighting about it.

3. Because if men should adopt peaceable methods women will no longer look up to them.

4. Because men will lose their charm if they step out of their natural sphere and interest themselves in other matters than feats of arms, uniforms and drums.

5. Because men are too emotional to vote. Their conduct at baseball games and political conventions shows this, while their innate tendency to appeal to force renders them peculiarly unfit for the task of government.

This year I’m voting for whatever candidate my wife decides. Naomi’s grandma sent an email a bit ago reminding people how much women had to fight for their right to party… I mean… vote. About a week later I felt a small, personal conviction (not a bullying (and I’m not suggesting a general application of this)) to offer my vote to Naomi, to make my vote count in honoring her perception, mind, emotion, and value as a co-heir of the grace of life. I, in my male heritage, have had about 130 more years of voting privileges than her in her female heritage.

Now this by no means was an apathy card for me on voting. In fact, I (we) have listened to more debates and interviews this election than any other. We have and will talk further about the election and exchange viewpoints whether shared or conflicting, but ultimately my vote is cast with hers.

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I look forward to the end of Democracy…

…where a Divine monarchy will be in full rule with Christ enthroned on earth as it is in heaven…

…where tyranny and dictatorship will be replaced with a benevolent and just King…

…where the fruition of government will not be people empowering people to empower the people, but that all authority will gloriously be from the top down…

…where people will no longer say, “we want a voice,” but rather, “we want Your voice.”

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2 thoughts on “The End of Democracy [justin]

  1. ….democracy perishes from the earth and leaves what behind? Count me out for anything less than the return of Christ.

    I think the politics/faith debate would benefit from a little less historical distortion. Hard to make an argument that Lincoln desired democracy for eternity. Any serious discussion of democracy, America, our founding, the framers intent, consequential presidents, etc, ought to begin with real study of those men, the events, and their actions. In my history books I read about many men of real faith, seeking God’s direction, and carrying out what they believe to be His will. Experienced men. Men with theological education. Men with lives of service in the Church. Men whose personal lives reflect faith in Jesus Christ. Are we so much smarter than they? They got it all wrong? Maybe……but I think they deserve more of a fair shake than I’m hearing…

    • @Josh

      your right, I don’t know Lincoln’s intent behind the text… just stating in hyberbolic fashion that democracy will perish, that humanity is not the core of life, and that we shouldn’t treat democracy as an eternal thing, but rather put the weight of our thoughts and hope on when the earth will have a divine monarchy, or as you put it, when Christ returns.
      [justin]

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