Rethinking the Christian Identity in a Democratic State

As Christians, we should view Global Politics not as citizens of the world, but as Ambassadors of God’s Kingdom.

Democracy.
di-ˈmä-krə-sē
1. government by the people
especially rule of the majority
2. the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges

In short, democracy refers to the power of the people. It is the putting aside of the differences between people (whether gender, class, or statuses) and to allocate to equal political power to all people. And democracy is dangerous.

In ancient Athens, Socrates was killed when voters voted that he was guilty of the charges placed upon him [1]. In an unlikely parallel part of history in ancient Rome one fateful Friday, Jesus was likewise placed on trial with the entire crowd, persuaded by the chief priests and elders, shouting to have Jesus executed [2].

In fact, the horrors of democracy goes way back to the Old Testament when the people gathered around Aaron demanding that “gods” be made in replacement of the One True God and their leader Moses [3].

When we place all of these stories together, we realise a trend. A trend that speaks of the detrimental failures of the people, how easy they can be swayed to the waves of charisma, and how disastrous the consequences may be if power lands onto the hands of the impressionable.

Zooming out and looking at the larger picture, the problem with democracy is not limited to the nation. It is global. Consider how the entire global community condemns North Korea for the things they are doing, how the global community unites against Islamic terrorism, and how the global community unites against Trump for withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. We see pressure placed on national leaders for their failure to conform. We see a global power in play; a power that is deeper, stronger, and more powerful than any political system on the surface of the planet.

This is democracy.
This is the force that will change cultures.
This is the force that will set social trends.
This is the force that will shape the world to conform.
This is the great prostitute [4].

As Christians, we are not called to bring down the system of democracy. In fact, we are not called to do anything about it. We are from God, but placed in the world [5], to be Ambassadors of Christ, reconciling God to the world [6]. We are not called to go against democracy, neither are we called to depart from it [7]. We are called to be Light to shine into it [8].

As ambassadors of God, we represent Him and the kingdom He rules. In this kingdom where God rules, we adhere to Theocracy [9].

But because our calling is to be in the world, we must submit to earthly rulers [14]. Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s [15], and to God what is God’s [16].

But that wouldn’t make us poorer than others. Like all ambassadors, we do not need to fight for our rights in this world. Our kingdom will. Like all ambassadors, we do not need to worry about the resources we lack in this world [10]. Our kingdom will provide. Our main source of backing is the Lord and His kingdom behind us [11]. We have 12 legions of angels ready for battle with the world whenever we needed them [12]. We do not need to fight against the world. Rather, throughout our God-given lives, we should focus on the God-given task of sharing the goodness of Theocracy [13] and reconciling the two kingdoms — God’s kingdom and the world. And as God’s children [17] we do all these knowing with full certainty that He would one day guide us Home [18].

Footnotes:

[1] – https://www.theschooloflife.com/thebookoflife/why-socrates-hated-democracy/

[2] – But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. — Matthew 27:20, NIV.

[3] – When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” — Exodus 32:1, NIV.

[4] – One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. — Revelations 17:1-2,15, NIV.

[5] – If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. — John 15:19, NIV.

[6] – We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. — 2 Corinthians 5:20, NIV.

[7] – Jesus prayed, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” — John 17:15, NIV.

[8] – The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. — Romans 13:12, NIV.

[9] – Theocracy – a government of a state by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided. Read more here: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theocracy

[10] – So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. — Matthew 6:31-32, NIV.

[11] – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. — Psalms 46:1, NIV.

[12] – Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? — Matthew 26:53, NIV.

[13] – On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” — Romans 12:20, NIV.

[14] – Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. — Romans 13:1, NIV.

[15] – This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. — Romans 13:6-7, NIV.

[16] – Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” — Matthew 22:21, NIV.

[17] – So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. — Galatians 3:26, NIV.

[18] – And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. — John 14:3, NIV.

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1 Comment

  1. Well spoken. There are many challenges in today’s political world for Christians. My prayer is that our leaders check their ego and agenda at the door, and seek compromise to move our world forward.

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