The Kingdom of God is a Theocracy – of course!
From the beginning, God desired to be our only source of provision and blessing. When He was no longer acknowledged and mankind separated from God we essentially became fleshly beings, highly impacted by our sinful pursuits. Civil government was instituted as God’s servant, given authority by Him to secure justice among the peoples on earth. Civil Government as we know it today is therefore a consequence of the fall. In the restored Kingdom of God we don’t need an expression like this because sin has been dealt with. The ekklesia – the nation of God – has God as King and ruler, thus Civil Government as we know it is a non-issue in His Kingdom. What we do have are the joyous expressions of all the other spheres of society, including the many covenantal expressions and undertakings. Spiritual principalities often have much power through fallen governments, corrupted by the weak hearts and minds of sinners.
The Kingdom of God is internally governed by love and in expression through God’s ways. They are always right and fulfilling God’s purposes, for our own lives, for others and all of creation.
Civil Government has, according to God’s instruction very limited responsibility and authority. It should protect the righteous and punish those that do evil, so by implication uphold justice, and needs to know right from wrong.
We live with a dilemma today, that most of the world equates politics with or in conjunction with Civil Government. Politics has much more to do with stewardship and expression of societal relationships. The word ‘politics’ originates in the Greek language and has come through Latin into the English language and many others. It means ‘pertaining to, of or for citizens’. ‘Polis’ means city, so the word relates to managing the affairs of people living in large communities. Politics originates in Greek thinking, through people like Aristotle and others. Greek thinking tends to look at life in detail and thus work from parts to the whole. This is where we get the idea of true democracy from. In its purest form it is the voice of the people, all parts, making the whole. Many western democracies have developed to a place where the Civil Government has been given tremendous space to be involved in many areas of people’s lives, including education, health care, work and so forth.
So, rather than having a community centered around relational and social interactions, the state has become a pervasive institution that has in most cases far overstepped its God-given authority to protect the righteous and punish those that do evil.
This understanding that politics largely belongs to Civil Government has led followers of Jesus to think we shouldn’t engage in many of society’s areas. The truth is that we need some re-education and re-alignment with the Word of God. He actually said that this is what would happen when the Israelites wanted a king like the other nations. The king would eventually exercise a pervasive authority that would eventually enslave them.
Most of society doesn’t belong to the Civil Government’s domain at all. The people or the true nation are the essence of the land. What Jesus is working on is to subdue all principalities and powers. He is working this through His people and our united (body) prayers and reformed thinking are essential to this.
Jesus has overcome the powers and is working to subdue their expression through our lives. He is in essence working to do away with Civil Government, while the principalities are frantically seeking to BUILD fortresses in the same place. This is why we see the fierce battle between the One World Government thinking versus restoration of NATIONS.
We MUST get Biblical thinking and redeemed lives so we can see the Lordship of Jesus over all of our lives. God HAS ways for Civil Government. The Law He gave to Israel was a tutor for them and it included Civil Government because they needed ways to deal with sin. In the Kingdom of God, sin has been dealt with and there God is King.