6 “In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways;
17 and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
The above verses state that in previous generations God permitted the nations to go their own ways. There are many types of governments and political philosophies in the world. They are all the result of man’s attempt to govern himself apart from God. Some seem to be better than others. But they all are born of man, and each is an expression of the adamic nature. Whether it’s Marxism/socialism, communism, a democracy, a dictatorship, or a monarchy, they are all born of man. When Jesus was confronted about paying taxes, He said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.” The Lord was not concerned about the political climate of the day.
A democracy provides more freedom than any other form of government. But the question must be asked, “Freedom for what?” Is it just to have a greater ability to express the wants and desires of the adamic nature? The Christians of the early church lived under the heavy hand of Rome and were regarded as enemies of the State. But that did not stymie their freedom to worship God because that is a matter of the heart.
Given a choice I would rather live in a democracy than in some repressive form of government, but I do not believe God endorses one form of government over another. A democracy provides a nation the ability to prosper and have a better standard of living. But how is that honoring or glorifying God? It only serves man’s purposes.
In the above passage, it says God permitted the nations to go their own ways. He allowed them to create governments. But with the coming of Jesus Christ into the earth, Acts 17 says:
30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,
31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
And Isaiah 9:6 says:
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
The authority and rule of Jesus Christ is to be absolute. We don’t yet see His authority acknowledged by the inhabitants of the world. It’s interesting that in Rev. 12:5 and Rev. 19:15 it states that the Lord will rule the nations with a rod of iron. And then in Rev. 2 it states:
26 ‘He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS;
27 AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father;
28 and I will give him the morning star.
Those who are overcoming in Him are to share in His authority over the nations. This is not in the sweet by-and-by; it is right now. It begins right now in the realm of Spirit. Rev. 18 speaks of the fall of Babylon, the spiritual realm of satanic operation that deceives the nations. In the midst of her judgments, the cry comes, “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye saints, and ye apostles, and ye prophets; for God hath judged your judgment on her.” The passage says God has judged your judgment of her, meaning the saints and the apostles and prophets. We are not to be anxious or in fear over the things that are coming upon the world. We are to be the instigators of it! We are to participate with God in the execution of His judgments upon a corrupt realm. It’s time for the saints of God to stand up and be counted. We are to speak His word and be bold as He leads us.
At this stage of things our allegiance to any worldly government is misplaced if it takes precedence over Christ’s rule in us.