This post is a re-draft of the previous post, Demise of Democracy. With so much rapid change in our societies, I’m finding nuances and changes in my own thinking. I’ve left the previous post but take license in the fact I can dig deeper, clarify and change my perspective from time to time. You’ll find the earlier post at: Demise of Democracy original
There have been protests!
In London England recently, people were marching against the elected government, blaming the government’s attempt to balance the federal budget on a disastrous tower block fire that killed almost 100 people.
Ironically, on the same day across the globe in Hong Kong, marches took place as people expressed their anger at being unable to vote for legitimate candidates — as promised when China repatriated Hong Kong — in the true spirit of democracy.
A few months ago, when Donald Trump was elected president, many of those who did not vote for him held placards and shouted, “Not my President” in a manner of defiance not seen since the protests against the Viet Nam war in 1972.
Democracy seems to be imploding.
There is a move toward globalisation, pushed by those holding the international purse strings. President Trump is one world leader resisting the move. There is increasing tension between those who want One World Government and those who do not.
In the middle are two groups
Group One is comprised of primarily idealistic young innocents, who believe the rhetoric of the non-ruling parties and think they are fighting for the rights of the underclass; in their self-righteous idealism, they protest against what they do not like to accept: that the establishment has won the right to govern the country.
Group Two wants something to do so they protest against the establishment who can’t provide them with jobs or who hand out support which makes them state-dependent; these folk have little dignity or sense of purpose or power in their own lives.
World Views: Corbin vs Trump from my perspective
Jeremy Corbin and Donald Trump are citizens of different countries, yet they seem to represent two poles that exist in their respective countries, and in many other democracies as well.
Mr Corbin is a socialist, even a Marxist (communist), who thinks ownership and indeed capitalism are evil. In his “world” people should be supported by the state and are not responsible for their limitations; business is evil and government is good.
Mr Trump is a businessman who has a capitalist view; he believes in national boarders to build strong business and economic prosperity for financial stability and security for his (and other) nations.
President Trump recently preached the hope of prosperity and security in the Muslim world if they would stop hating Christians and Jews (Saudi Speech). He was well-received my many of the Muslim leaders. Meanwhile, half of his own population hates him.
The elite in the US are looking for anything that can terminate Trump’s presidency because he is anti-establishment and is a threat to their machinations. Some of these elites may have trumped up hysteria amongst the masses in order to distract Trump from focusing on governing (Trump does himself no favours, as I see it, in getting sucked into debate and self-defence).
In the UK, Prime Minister Theresa May opened up a hornet’s nest* in calling an election to boost her majority and failed to do so. Now, many are calling for her resignation and the leader of the opposition who lost is behaving as though he won; he is baiting the population who support him and seeks to overthrow May. Her own cabinet are sore and some are itching to do the same.
Whether democracy exits with a bang or a whimper, it is experiencing a squeeze. Is it on the way out?
Why does this matter in Spiritual terms?
We know from scripture that when Jesus returns, he will judge the nations, whether they are Godly nations or not (Matthew 25:31-46). There will be a mighty battle and ultimately, Father God will govern the world and, “And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its (New Jerusalem) light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honour into it.’ (Revelation 21:24)
Nowhere in scripture does it say that God is either a communist or a capitalist. He urges us to share with those who have lack (a socialist principle), and he also encourages enterprise (capitalistic in nature) as witnessed in many of Jesus’ parables.
But the road to communism has always led down a path of non-belief in God, whereas capitalism has prospered in Godly nations throughout the centuries. Even though there is corruption and greed in amongst the constructs of capitalism, there is something God blesses in and through it. I see this as example of wheat and tares co-existing, a circumstance which God will ultimately resolve,
“Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matthew 13:30)
As I see it, a sheep nation needs to follow a respect and faith in God or it will not be a part of God’s New Jerusalem.
The battle lines over government on the earth seem drawn
As the One World Government agenda is pushed through various strands of influence, which I’ve written about in previous posts, and as Christians are more and more mocked and persecuted in Western society and in the Middle East, we seem to be drawing near to the return of Jesus and an all mighty battle between good and evil.
Ultimately, it is God versus Satan in all political battles, with humanity at stake.
I find it ironic that those who protest against elected government, who fight to free themselves of the tyranny of capitalism, and are whipped up to protest against financial inequality in order to make themselves more free, are encouraging a new establishment which is steeped in unbelief in a God of love and generosity, and supporting an anti-democratic construct that has proven to increase poverty and usher in a lacklustre, atheistic existence for the masses.
And they are hastening a supernatural battle which we know only God can win.
Freedom in Christ
Only Jesus can make us truly free, while Satan seeks only to ensnare us. Jesus heals and saves, in body, mind and spirit. Satan is full of hatred and death, and entraps any who deny God.
While some exercise their democratic right to protest, we pray that God’s will and Kingdom will come to the earth as it is in heaven.
I pray that the powers and machinations that seek to control us and bind us are soon exposed and the only One World Government that will be ushered in will be done so by the return of the the Prince of Peace.
Can you say “Amen” to that?
*Recently I was in a prayer triplet and one of the others saw in the spirit that the British election (where Theresa May managed a minority government and Jeremy Corbin gathered a large portion of the young electorate) had opened a “hornet’s nest”.