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Is God for Democracy?

written by Asher Intrater
November 02, 2012

God has sovereign power and authority to place whomever He wants as the head of any government (Daniel 4:17). However, He often respects the free will of the people, even if their choice for government leader is wrong, and even if they are rejecting God’s will (I Samuel 8:5-9).

God is interested more in righteousness than democracy; more in integrity than popularity. One of the basic rules of biblical justice is NOT to follow the majority, for the majority is usually WRONG (Exodus 23:2). Moral values, not majority wishes, should be our guide. Integrity (meaning “one, integer”) is demonstrated by doing what is right even if one is all alone.

God may give a country a leader which the people want, even when it is wrong. That is a form of judgment. The people will get what they deserve. That is quite scary, and should give us the fear of God. The issue for prayer may not be so much for God to put the right person in power, but for the people of the nation to want the right values. Let us pray for the people in America, Israel, China, and other nations to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19), to have a spirit of wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1:17), to discern spiritually between right and wrong (John 16:8).

Has lust so blinded people not to see that the family structure is disintegrating? Has greed so blinded people not to see that they are sinking hopelessly into debt and financial collapse? Has moral cowardice so blinded people to think that Islam is a religion of peace? May God have mercy!

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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