Whom shall we support politically?
- Deuteronomy 17:14-15 "When you have entered the land ADONAI your God is giving you, have taken possession of it and are living there, you may say, ‘I want to have a king over me, like all the other nations around me.' In that event, you must appoint as king the one whom ADONAI your God will choose. He must be one of your kinsmen, this king you appoint over you — you are forbidden to appoint a foreigner over you who is not your kinsman.
- Deuteronomy 17:16-17 However, he is not to acquire many horses for himself or have the people return to Egypt to obtain more horses, inasmuch as ADONAI told you never to go back that way again. Likewise, he is not to acquire many wives for himself, so that his heart will not turn away; and he is not to acquire excessive quantities of silver and gold.
- Deuteronomy 17:18-20 "When he has come to occupy the throne of his kingdom, he is to write a copy of this Torah for himself in a scroll, from the one the cohanim and L'vi'im use. It is to remain with him, and he is to read in it every day, as long as he lives; so that he will learn to fear ADONAI his God and keep all the words of this Torah and these laws and obey them; so that he will not think he is better than his kinsmen; and so that he will not turn aside either to the right or to the left from ADONAI's mitzvot. In this way he will prolong his own reign and that of his children in Isra'el.
Found here is sage advice.
- Horses represent the weapon of that age. Paradoxically, God tells the king not to be overly concerned with the Department of Defense.
- Egypt is a symbol of slavery. It is a symbol of slavery through false security. We should be very aware of laws promising security; for most demand of us to give up liberties.
- "Wives" and "money": not much to comment. The official should not be given to excessive consumption.
- And now for the big one: He should study God's law every day. When he does this, the inebriating power of power does not bubble up in his head. He remembers that he is a servant, and not above or better than his kinsmen. It also keeps him concerned with his commission - that is to punish the wrong-doer.
- If the king rules according to the law, his kingdom will be established for himself, and his children. This is a promise.
There are many other verses pertaining to the good king. This is a start. Other characteristics are scattered throughout the Government section of His Kingdom.
Lastly we comment on what is not found in the Bible. We do not read that King so-and-so was good because the economy under his reign was prosperous, or that King so-and-so was bad because the economy was sluggish. It is not the king's job to ensure the economy is working well - this is the job of every individual citizen. Any governor promising to improve the economy will only improve the economy for his, and his friend's, benefit. The only positive effect government can have on society is when it promotes justice by punishing thieves.
In any case, a poor economy is a sure sign that government is not only refusing to punish the thief, but has itself become the thief. The government's pick-pocketing may be well hidden from the unlearned with well-articulated distractions and distortions, and packaged in "good deeds", but the wise see through it.
It is disheartening to see candidate debates and hear political discussions where a government official is measured against an economic standard - who is going to put the most money in the pockets of the voters. This is a picture of government based upon mammon, and an "I, me and my" centric society driven by an insatiable desire for more consumption. This candidate will not rule well. This society will become slaves to the mammon they serve. Going back to basics, the government official must be measured against honesty, faithfulness and unwavering justice.
Author: Scott Wallace Brians
Date: April 2012
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