We find Greece in the 5th.- 4th. centuries BC developed a form of governing which is called Democracy, (which has the literal meaning of rule by the people). But it should be noted, this was accomplished by the drawing of lots for those that would be serving in the Government. Elections as we know them today, were nonexistent until what could be truly called an elected Government, which would be the United States Democracy.
The United States Constitution, being adopted in 1788, provided the means for an elected government.
All of this means, we have only had Democratic Elected Government’s for a little over 200 years, we have also seen the proliferation of Democracy around the world, within that same 200 years.
“All Authority comes from God”, therefore anyone holding any position of authority, has and been placed into that position by God.
Especially the Leaders of all Nations.
The prime example of God given Authority would be Nebuchadnezzar.
18) O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:
19) And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down.
20) But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:
21) And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.
God chose Moses to lead His Chosen People to the promised land, God chose Joshua to bring His Chosen People into the promised land. God chose Saul, David to Reign as Kings over His Chosen People.
Do we now, in the 21st. century, assume God has ceased from ordering the affairs of men?
Are there scriptural grounds for Christians voting ?
Are there scriptural grounds for Christians running for political office?
The following scriptures describe to us, what God thinks about His people choosing their leader.
1) And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
2) Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.
3) And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
4) Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
5) And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
6) But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
7) And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
7a) According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
9) Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
10) And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.
11) And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
12) And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
13) And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
14) And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
15) And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
16) And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
17) He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
18) And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.
19) Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
20) That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
21) And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD.
22) And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.
17) And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh;
18) And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you:
19) And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and by your thousands.
12) And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king.
13) Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you.
14) If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God: 15) But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.
16) Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.
17) Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king.
18) So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.
19) And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.
Should it not be clear to all Christians, that we call God “OUR KING” then pray to Him for who we should go vote for, to rule over us.
Isn’t it amazing, there are Christians throughout this country that pray for guidance as to which candidate to vote for, and they both receive conflicting answers from God, one votes for a Democrat, the other for a Republican. There are people in the same congregation that do exactly the same thing as just mentioned, they both end up voting for a Democrat, and a Republican.
SO WHO IS HEARING FROM GOD?
Is there anyone now reading this that will say they are completely satisfied with our Government and the way it is Governing our Country?
What I mean by our Government, City, State, Federal?
1) Are you satisfied with the number of abortions that take place in this Country each year
2) The Homosexual situation now taking place
3) The Wars we are involved in
4) The Threat from Terrorism
5) The Lack of Jobs
6) The amount of Foreclosures
7) Lobbyists for big corporations nullifying “YOUR” vote
9) Or anything else you can think of?
The answer to all of these problems?
James put it most simply.
Jas 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works,
and I WILL SHEW THEE MY FAITH BY MY WORKS.
Jas 2:20 BUT WILL YOU KNOT KNOW, O VAIN MAN, THAT FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD?
Jas 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD ALSO.
We now have 2 years until our next General election, aren’t you fed up with our Government yet, will you continue to follow this world order?
And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
3) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: