Margin notes: Monarchs and Presidents and Democraises – Oh my!


Hebrews 1:8 (ESV) — 8 But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.

Current in the political discourse of the United States today is the rising buzz about socialism. It is imagined, that if we would just change our present system of a Representative Republic to that of a “Democratic Socialist” one – so many of our present societal ills would be addressed and corrected.

Perhaps.

Perhaps some of those ills.

But at best, only temporarily.

Why? You may take this as axiomatic:

No political system can rise above the moral corruption of those who administrate or participate in it.

Any and every system throughout human history comes up against this unavoidable inevitability. We have had monarchies, oligarchies, tribalism, communism, representative republics, constitutional monarchies, commonwealths, totalitarian regimes, etc., etc., etc. They have all risen, mostly all fallen, and all but one will eventually fall: The absolute and pure monarchy of Jesus Christ when He returns.

Now we may well argue which form of human government we might prefer for whatever reasons at any given point in history. But we absolutely must realize that each and every form is subject to the moral corruption of the human heart in its rebellion against the rightful rulership of our Creator through Jesus Christ – and not only will, but MUST end in harming its own people. There is no way to escape it.

The bottom line is this – we do not need a better or different system, we need men and women to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. To be changed from the inside by His Holy Spirit. No form of human government can remain uncorrupted because all governments are the product of corrupt humankind.

We must also bear this in mind: Heaven, will not be a social democracy, a representative republic or anything other than a pure and absolute monarchy. And only as men and women begin to live under the Kingship of Jesus Christ now, can we hope for the best of human flourishing in the intervening years – and that, irrespective of whatever external form of government we might find ourselves under.

If you claim to be a Christian, but will not submit to the rightful claims of Jesus in absolute authority over your own life, then give up trying to press some particular form of external government on anyone else. For you can only exchange one form for another, subject to the very same corruption which infects all.

The question is: Will you bow the knee to Jesus Christ as King? Until and unless that is settled, everything else is truly way down the line from secondary.

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