John the Baptist warned the Jewish nation in these words.
The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does
not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. (Luke
Jesus came proclaiming the Kingdom of God. Before that could happen,
John the Baptist had to clear the junk out of the way.
The context now is different, but the image is powerful. Modern
political society is a tree with very strong roots. The problem is that
most of these roots are contrary to God’s Word. These roots will have
to be chopped out before the good tree of the Kingdom can grow.
Seven Danerous Roots
Modern political society is nurtured by eight powerful roots that are
inconsistent with the Word of God. Chopping out these roots will
radically change our political system:
Kings and presidents
Legislatures and parliaments
Jesus in Jerusalem.
A sound understanding of politics must deal with the fact that none
of these practices and institutions can be justified from the
scriptures. This will be hard for most readers to accept, but we will
not understand the Kingdom of God until these ugly roots have been
cleared from our vision.
The ideas presented in this article are really radical. Most readers
will respond by thinking, “I know these things are not perfect, but we
have to live with them.” “Society cannot function without these
institutions”. I ask you to reserve judgment. When I have cleared the
decks of the junk, I will describe how we can live in peace without
them. For now I just ask you to check that what I am saying is
consistent with the scriptures. If the institutions that I am rejecting
are supported by the scriptures, then you can ignore me. However, if
they cannot be found in the Bible, we have no choice but to replace them
with something scriptural; or we will not see the Kingdom of God.
Kings, democracy and taxation have been part of our lives for so long
that it almost impossible to imagine life without them. In the last
sections of this article, I will attempt to stir your imagination by
describing how we can be protected from evil without them. However, the
obstacles that block our vision must be cleared before we can see
clearly, so I will focus first on chopping out the false roots. I will
only provide a biblical alternative once they have been cleared away.
Jeremiah reminds us that God sometimes has to “uproot and tear down
and “destroy and overthrow” before he can “build and plant"
(Jer 1:7). This is the approach followed in this article. The stuff that
will have to be uprooted and destroyed is described, before announcing
what will planted and built to replace it.
Very few political theorists have understood the implications of 1
Samuel 8. Seen from a political perspective, this is a mind-blowing
passage. It should strike fear in the heart of every Christian
But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this
displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. And the LORD told him:
"Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you
they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they
have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day,
forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now
listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king
who will reign over them will do." Samuel told all the words of the
LORD to the people who were asking him for a king (1 Sam 8 7-10).
But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they
said. "We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other
nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our
battles." When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated
it before the LORD. The LORD answered, "Listen to them and give
them a king" (1 Sam 8:19-22).
The message here is very clear. God did not want Israel to have a
permanent king. He was their king, so they did not need a human king. A
temporary military leader was justified when the nation is under attack,
but a permanent king was not part of God’s plan.
Samuel reluctantly allowed Israel to choose a king, but he was
certain that choosing a king was rejecting God. Unfortunately, copying
the surrounding nations is always dangerous for God’s people.
Samuel’s warning has serious implications for Christians seeking to
define a biblically-based political system. God is still our king, so we
do not need a human king. Kingship is a sub-optimal option for a
Christian society. On the surface this does not seem to be a serious
problem, because most Christians do not want a king. However presidents
and prime ministers undertake the same duties as kings. Modern
presidents and prime ministers often have more power than ancient kings,
due to their greater ability to tax.
Most Christians want a prime minister or president. We think that
they are not covered by Samuel’s warning because they are
democratically elected. This is not true, as Saul was elected too.
Samuel nominated Saul, but he was only appointed after this nomination
had been confirmed by the people of Israel.
Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see the man the LORD has
chosen? There is no one like him among all the people." Then the
people shouted, "Long live the king!" (1 Sam 10:24).
Their cry of “Long live the King” was a vote for Saul. David was
elected in the same way.
All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, "We
are your own flesh and blood…When all the elders of Israel had come to
King David at Hebron, the king made a compact with them at Hebron before
the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel (2 Sam 5:1,3).
Presidents are not better than kings, because they are elected. Both
are wrong because both are the people’s choice.
The facts of about kingship are quite straightforward.
Kingship is a sup-optimal option for Christians
Presidents and prime ministers have the same role and powers as
Presidents and prime ministers are appointed in the same way as
Saul and David were appointed.
Samuels warning applies to presidents and prime ministers.
Choosing to be governed by a president or prime minister is
rejecting God’s kingship and copying the nations of the world.
There can be no presidents or prime ministers in the Kingdom of God.
If we are serious about serving God, we need a political system without
presidents or prime ministers.
Paul reminds us that we are engaged in a spiritual struggle.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the
rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world
and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph
Our struggle is primarily against evil spiritual forces, but they are
entwined with their earthly equivalents. Spiritual rulers and
authorities work through earthly rulers and authorities. The consequence
is that the rulers and authorities that we face on earth are not our
friends, but our enemies. They participate in the world system that
stands against the Kingdom of God.
Jesus put this in a different way. He said, “You cannot serve two
masters.” We tend to avoid Jesus’ challenge by playing word games
and calling Jesus Lord. The is neat, because the words “Lord” and
“King” have no political content for modern Christians. This means
that in our minds, calling Jesus Lord or King does not conflict with
pledging loyalty to a human political authority.
We must get this straight. We cannot serve to masters. We cannot
pledge loyalty to Jesus and to a political authority. Christians who
pledge loyalty to their president, or prime minister, or constitution,
or parliament have pledged allegiance to two masters.
A Christian living in a nation ruled by a king could not call Jesus
king, because it would be obvious that they had divided loyalty. A
Christian cannot serve two kings. He will hate one and love the other.
In America, where people have no experience of kingship or lordship,
“Jesus is President” would be a better paraphrase of “Jesus is
Lord”. However, most American Christians would find it hard to say
"Jesus is President," because it would be obvious that they
were serving two presidents. Likewise, a pledge of "No Prime
Minister but Jesus" would be a subversive statement in a nation
with a Westminster system.
A kingdom cannot have two kings. If God is king, there is no place
for human kings. Presidents and prime ministers are the modern kings.
Democracy crowns the people king. There is no place for them in the
Kingdom of God, because Jesus is our Lord and King.
Modern Christians just assume that democracy is the best form of
government. They forget that democracy is rule by the people (demos
kratos = people rule) and Christianity is obedience to God. Obeying the
voice of the people is not obedience to God, so there is no room for
democracy in a Christian political system.
The biblical evidence is that when the people joined together to make
a unanimous or majority decision, they usually got things wrong. The
children of Israel frequently voted to return to slavery in Egypt,
rather than follow God into the Promised Land.
In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.
The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the LORD's
hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we
wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this
entire assembly to death." (Ex 16:2,3).
Democracy is dangerous, because human sin allows people to make
serious mistakes. Had Israel been a democracy, it would never have got
Democracy generally results in the tyranny of the majority over a
minority that loses their freedom. Even when they could see into the
Promised Land, the people voted against going in. Joshua and Caleb
belonged to a minority, so they lost their freedom to obey God.
That night all the people of the community raised their voices and
wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the
whole assembly said to them, "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in
this desert! Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us
fall by the sword? And they said to each other, "We should choose a
leader and go back to Egypt." The LORD said to Moses and Aaron:
"How long will this wicked community grumble against me? (Num
The people wanted to elect a leader to take them back to Egypt,
because they thought that obeying God was too tough. This is typical of
democracy. People will rarely vote for a tough option, even if it is
needed. Most will vote for comfort, so a democratic vote usually goes
the way of the world.
Democracy often leads to idolatry.
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" (Ex 32:1)
Aaron took their jewellery and built a golden calf.
So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings
and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and
drink and got up to indulge in revelry. (Ex 32:6)
This pattern continued throughout the history of Israel.
This is what the LORD says about this people: They greatly love to
wander; they do not restrain their feet (Jer 14:10).
The people frequently voted with their feet for the worship of idols.
The decision by Israel was to have a king was a democratic decision,
but it was contrary to God’s will.
But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they
said. "We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other
nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our
battles" (1 Sam 8:19,20).
The people voted to be like the other nations, despite Samuel warning
of the dangers. Democratic elections do not bring out the best leaders.
Many of the worst political dictators were voted into power by a large
majority. Gideon understood this problem well.
The Israelites said to Gideon, "Rule over us—you, your son and
your grandson—because you have saved us out of the hand of
Midian." But Gideon told them, "I will not rule over you, nor
will my son rule over you. The LORD will rule over you" (Jud
Democracy usually gets things wrong. The people voted Gideon for
president, but this was not God’s will.
Jesus was crucified by a democratic decision.
Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He
had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified (Matt 15:15).
Ironically, the representative of an evil empire wanted to set Jesus
free. However, he agreed to put the decision to a vote, and Jesus was
sent down. Democracy perpetrated the greatest injustice that has ever
been done by sentencing the only perfect man to death for crimes he had
The crowd is usually wrong, so it is hard to understand why
Christians are so enthusiastic about democracy.
My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. "Because you
have rejected knowledge… because you have ignored the law of your God
Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. (Ex 23:2).
Our goal is the Kingdom of God. A system that panders to the desires
of the people will not advance the government of God. Democracy and the
Kingdom of God do not mix.
When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, they were forbidden to
eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This tree represented
the ability to decide between good and evil, between justice and
injustice without reference to God. Adam and Eve had a choice; they
could obey God, or they could decide for themselves how they would live.
We face the same choice today. We can accept for God’s law or we can
make up our own.
Parliaments and congresses are feasting on the fruit of the tree of
knowledge of good and evil. Most people would sooner live under human
laws, than acknowledge God by admitting that his law is better than any
human law. (For more see Democracy
We assume that because our legislators are democratically elected, they have authority to make laws.
If we elected them, they are making laws on our behalf. But nothing has changed. Democratically-elected legislators
are still making human law.
Human laws will always be inferior to God’s law. We have the odd situation in the modern world where everyone hates God’s law,
but loves human law. I can understand why those who hate God would hate his law, but I cannot understand why those who love
God are so ambivalent about his law.
When we vote for a person to be our representative in parliament, we are saying that we want that person to make laws for us we are actively rejecting God’s law and saying that we prefer human law. If all authority must be under God, legislators and politicians who make human laws are not legitimate, even if they are elected.
God did not give Israel a legislative assembly. A law-making body was
unnecessary, because he has revealed his law through Moses.
You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed
with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. Then
the LORD spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but
saw no form; there was only a voice. He declared to you his covenant,
the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote
them on two stone tablets. And the LORD directed me at that time to
teach you the decrees and laws you are to follow in the land that you
are crossing the Jordan to possess (Deut 4:11-14).
These are the commandments the LORD proclaimed in a loud voice to
your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the
cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote
them on two stone tablets and gave them to me (Deut 5:22).
There is no evidence in the Bible of a group of people being elected
to decide on the laws for Israel. A parliament or congress was not
needed because God had already provided perfect laws.
Paul affirmed that God’s law is good in his letter to the Romans.
What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! So then, the
law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good…. We know
that the law is spiritual (Rom 7:7,12,14).
God’s law is holy, righteous, spiritual and good. What law can be
better? Substituting man-made law for one that is holy and good is
The best that a human legislature can do is add to God’s law. That
is unwise, as God warned against adding to the laws that he had given.
Hear now, O Israel, the decrees and laws I am about to teach you.
Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of
the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. Do not
add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the
commands of the LORD your God that I give you (Deut 4:1-2).
Adding to God’s law is dangerous.
Politicians can only make human laws. Those who seek the Kingdom of
God should prefer living under God’s laws.
The LORD is our lawgiver (Is 33:22).
If God is our Lawgiver, we do not need human law-makers.
Human legislatures tend to produce a complex rule system. Systems of
rules fail because they cannot cover every possible situation. No matter
how detailed the rules, situations emerge that are not covered by them,
so new clauses or regulations have to be added. Eventually the rules
become so complicated that people cannot understand or remember them.
Elected politicians and parliaments are not omniscient, so they get
things wrong. Their laws often result in illogical and unjust decisions.
Some of their rules will contradict others, adding to the confusion.
God’s law is not a rule system. Moses referred to “laws and
verdicts” (Deut 5:1). God gave some very basic laws and then added
straightforward verdicts that explain how these laws should be applied
in practical situations. These verdicts are not comprehensive, but are
sufficient to explain how God’s laws should be interpreted and
The laws that God revealed are the key to blessing and prosperity.
If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his
commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all
the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and
accompany you if you obey the LORD your God (Deut 28:1-2).
The blessings that are listed in Deuteronomy 28:1-14 are absolutely
amazing. If God’s law brings such marvellous blessing, we would be
foolish to choose other laws. This even applies in a society that has
developed into prosperity.
When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for
the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the
LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees
that I am giving you this day (Deut 8:10-11).
No parliaments, congresses or legislative assemblies will exist in
the Kingdom of God. God is our lawmaker, so we do not need elected
politicians to write laws and regulations. God has given a perfect law,
so we do not need politicians to make laws. Our task is to apply God’s
If there is no legislature and no democracy, political parties will
have no role. Galatians 5:19-21 warns that dissensions (party spirit)
and factions are rooted in our sinful nature.
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality,
impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord,
jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, factions and envy;
drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that
those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Political parties are well-organised “factions” so they have no
place in the Kingdom of God. All political parties, whether Christian or
not, will have to wither away and die as the kingdom of God advances.
Christians put a lot of effort into getting the “right” political
party elected. Television networks devote considerable time to debates
about which political party will be best for the country. Businesses
spend money supporting the party that they like the most. Even
Christians get caught up in this scramble and try to work out which
political party Jesus would support. All this confusion misses the
point. Political parties have not place in the Kingdom of God.
1 Samuel 8 provides the first reference to taxation in the
scriptures. A voluntary tithe existed prior to the time of Saul, but
there was no compulsory taxation. Samuel described the introduction of
taxation by the King.
He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves
and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and
of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your
menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he
will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you
yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out
for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer
you in that day (1 Sam 8:14-18).
Here is a surprising truth. During the time of Moses, Joshua and the
judges, there was no compulsory taxation. God did not command the
payment of taxes. Compulsory taxation was introduced during a time of
disobedience, when Israel rejected God and chose to have a king.
Taxation is the fruit of period of disobedience to God.
The Old Testament describes in detail the tax burden imposed by the
kings of Israel and Judah, but there is no record of God giving them
authority to collect taxes. God never issued instructions about
taxation, because taxation is unnecessary when he is King.
Failure to pay taxes is not a crime. There is no punishment specified
in the Old Testament law for failure to pay a tax or a tithe.
Restitution can only be enforced when a person has stolen something that
belongs to another or has breached a contract to make a payment.
We do not have a contract with the state, so we only owe payment for
what we have personally asked the state to provide. A government that
demands payment of taxes is like a mail order company sending out
unsolicited goods and demanding payment for them. Because the person
receiving the goods has not entered into a contract to buy them, they do
not owe anything.
Jesus told people to “give” Caesar what they “owed him”.
Giving is a voluntary concept. If something is taken by force, it is not
given. If someone steals your car, you do not say “I gave it to the
thief”. We must choose to give, or it is not giving. This confirms
that Jesus was talking about a voluntary contributions and not
compulsory payment of taxes.
In the Kingdom of God, there will be no compulsory taxation. All
civil or community activity will be funded by voluntary contributions.
(For more on this topic see Voluntary
No King. No Democracy. No legislative assembly. No political parties.
No taxation. This is serious stuff, but there is another prohibition
that is even more important for the Kingdom of God. No coercion. God
does not use force to make people good. He does not force people to obey
him, but prefers that people do his will, because they love him. Forcing
people to be good has no place in the Kingdom of God, so Christians
should not support any system that is based on coercion.
Modern political systems are based on coercion and control. People
are forced to obey the laws passed by the those in power, even if they
think they are unjust. They are forced to pay the taxes that the
politicians levy, even if they believe they will fund immoral
The accepted wisdom says that we need government to restrain evil.
The use of coercion is justified by the claiming that that evil people
must restrained by the state. Those expressing this view usually make a
nod to Romans 13, but never do any detailed study to determine what this
passage actually means. Using Romans 13 to prove that God instituted
government to restrain evil is a big jump.
The reality is that kings and governments do not restrain evil, they
mostly advance it. The Kings of Israel constantly went off the rails and
led their nation into evil. Plenty of modern politicians and presidents
have given evil a big helping hand. The claim that government restrains
evil is a lie.
The Bible never suggests that evil can be restrained by the state. It
actually teaches that evil will be restrained by God’s law. That is
why he gave the law.
We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know
that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels,
the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill
their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts,
for slave traders and liars and perjurers (1 Tim 1:8-10).
Paul lists some of worst evildoers he can recall: murderers,
adulterers, perverts, slave traders. These are the people we want
restrained. Paul says that the law was given for these people (and not
for their enjoyment). Only God’s law can restrain evil people without
creating further evil.
The supporters of political control and coercion agree that force is
evil, but claim that it is necessary to eliminate disorder. They use the
lesser evil of force to overcome the greater evil of disorder. A moral
principle that uses evil to overcome evil is twisted, because evil
always begets evil. That is why Paul said,
Overcome evil with good (Rom 12:21)
Jesus was clear about the limitations of force.
But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who
take the sword will perish by the sword (Matt 26:52).
Jesus was saying that force will fail; he was also warning that it
will destroy those who use it.
Jesus taught that coercion has no place in the Kingdom.
The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise
authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be
like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest,
and the one who rules like the one who serves (Luke 22:25-26).
Here is the great lie. The rulers of the Gentiles claim to be
benefactors, but they are actually controllers. They claim to love the
good, but they must use coercion.
The Kingdom of God is totally different. Those with authority in the
kingdom must be servants of those they lead. A servant cannot force the
person they are serving to do things against their will. A servant
cannot control the one they are serving. Jesus does not want one group
of people controlling the rest of society, so there is no place for
coercion in the Kingdom of God.
After he had been arrested, Jesus had an interesting discussion with
Pontius Pilate about the nature of kingship. He said,
My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight
to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another
place (John 18:36).
Jesus was not saying that his kingdom was spiritual, without any
impact on the world. Rather he was claiming that his kingdom would not
come “out of the world system”. The reason is that force is so
strongly rooted in the world system that it cannot be reformed. This
system will have to be replaced by something that does not require the
use of force.
All political power is based on force and coercion. Christians often
assume that the Kingdom of God is advanced, if the political system is
controlled by better people. This is not true, because the world system
will shrink and die because as the kingdom of God advances. Coercion and
control have not place in the Kingdom of God.
Most of us have lived in a system based on coercion
and control for so long that we cannot conceive of anything else. We
just assume that things have to be that way. Christians have not done
any better.. We believe that changed hearts bring changed behaviour, but
we rush straight back to forcing people to behave. This is quite odd. We
all understand that only the Holy Spirit can change hearts, but we still
want to force people to do what is right. We seem to have more faith in
coercion by human governments than in the ability of the Holy Spirit can
Many Christians think that Jesus ruling from Jerusalem is the perfect
government, but the idea of Jesus sitting in Jerusalem and using an “iron
fist” to crush all opposition is repulsive and contrary to the gospel.
It is also foolish. Jesus would not be able to eliminate evil from a
throne in Jerusalem. He could control those in the immediate vicinity,
but those further abroad would just ignore him. Jesus could get his
followers to track them down and "zap" them, but that would
increase their hostility to him. Jesus would not be able to enforce
peace by sitting on a throne in Jerusalem.
If Jesus rules the earth from Jerusalem, the church becomes a giant
bureaucracy taking orders from Jerusalem. Being a cog in a giant
political machine does not sound like the hope to which we were called.
We live in a bureaucratic age, and this idea may appeal to men who do
not wish to take responsibility, but God would prefer men to be
responsible, and exercise authority in obedience to the Word and the
Spirit. Jesus can rule through Christians now, if they will submit to
his word and the Spirit.
If Jesus has to come back to bring peace to the world then the gospel
must be useless and the Holy Spirit is a failure. God changes the world,
by changing the hearts of people, so that they freely choose to obey
him. God is backing the gospel and the Holy Spirit, so counting Jesus in
Jerusalem is a false hope.
A common belief is that Jesus will rule on earth for a thousand
years. Unfortunately, the word millennium is not used in the Bible and
the expression "one thousand years" is only used in Revelation
20. It is unwise to base a whole doctrine on a figurative expression in
a difficult passage in the book of Revelation.
The millennium is a Jewish Idea. The Jews expected the messiah to
come as a mighty ruler and destroy all their enemies. They were
disappointed and confused when Jesus came as a carpenter, teaching them
to love their enemies. A messiah dying on a cross was well outside their
expectations. Christians have embraced the messiah on the cross, but
many still have the yearning for a messiah who will come with a rocket
launcher and “blow away” their enemies
The problems of the world cannot be solved by force. Jesus refused to
use force, even though he could have called on his Father to send a
whole host of angels to his aid (Matt 26:52,53). He knew that true
converts cannot be won by force. God has a much better way; to win the
hearts of men through the inner work of the Holy Spirit, as the church
proclaims the gospel.
The devil has used the millennium teaching to rob Christians of their
inheritance. Many of the scriptures that promise blessing or victory are
assigned to the millennium. This robs us of God’s promised blessing.
Jesus can fulfil all his promises through the work of the Holy Spirit
in the present age. Working through the Spirit, Jesus can extend his
power and influence throughout the entire earth. The Holy Spirit is
greater by far than the Devil, so the Spirit of God cannot be a failure?
(for more on this topic see Millennium).
Kingdom of God
Chopping out these roots will rip the guts out most modern political
systems. If there are no presidents, democracy or parliaments in the
Kingdom of God, the coming of the Kingdom will bring a dramatic change
from the way that modern political systems function. A system based on a
president and a parliament is miles away from the Kingdom of God. A
biblical political and economic system will be totally different from
anything that we know today.
Most Christians believe that we can advance the kingdom by electing
Christians to positions of power. This is not true. Even if a parliament
is full of Christians, it is not part of the kingdom of God, because
parliaments have no role in the Kingdom. Electing a Christian president
does not make the presidency morally right. Changing politicians and
policies, even by democracy, does not advance the Kingdom of God.
Presidents, democracy and parliaments are part of the problem, so they
will have to disappear before the Kingdom of God can come in fullness.
What is Left?
If the axe were to remove all these roots, it would seem like
everything had gone. However, two essential elements of social order are
left: these are law and judges. These are the foundation of a Christian
social and economic system.