By J. Parnell McCarter


The world has been riveted on this question in recent days: will demo-cracy or theo-cracy triumph?  Most eyes have been fastened upon Iraq to discover the answer.  But the answer is not to be found there; rather, it is to be found in the Bible.  So first let us define our terms.  And then let us discover from God’s word the answer to today’s burning question.


Both the terms ‘democracy’ and ‘theocracy’ join together two ideas.  In the case of the term ‘democracy’, there is the joining together of the idea of people (demo-) and rule (-cracy).  In the case of the term ‘theocracy’, there is the joining together of the idea of God (theo-) and rule (-cracy).    Democracy was well explained by Abraham Lincoln in these famous words: “government of the people, by the people, for the people”.  In democracy, people vote and rule, irrespective of their allegiance to God and to God’s law.  But in theocracy,  God rules through men pledged to honor Him and to uphold His law.  In a theocracy, only those are allowed to vote and rule who are so pledged to Him.


God’s word has this to say on the issue in question:


“I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou [art] my Son; this day have I begotten thee.  Ask of me, and I shall give [thee] the heathen [for] thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth [for] thy possession.  Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.  Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish [from] the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.” – Psalm 2:7-12


“O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth… God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.” – Psalm 67:4-7


“The kingdoms of this world are become [the kingdoms] of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” – Revelation 11:15


It is clear from these passages of scripture, and from many other passages, that God and God’s law (summarized in the Ten Commandments) should rule the nations of the earth, and will ultimately rule the earth, notwithstanding the vain pretensions of men.  Secularists will not prevail.  The god of Thomas Jefferson was a false god, and the god of Abraham Lincoln was a false god.  The true God never said “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”.  President George W. Bush may imagine that God is the “Author of Liberty” (Liberty here defined by the Rationalist Enlightenment and not the Bible), whereby people of all religious stripes are free to vote and rule however they so please, without honoring the God of the Bible and enforcing His Ten Commandments.  But President George W. Bush’s imaginations will be dashed in pieces like a potter’s vessel.  Nor will Muslims prevail.  Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s suicide bombers and Osama bin Laden’s Mujahadeen are no match for the God of the universe.  He shall break them with a rod of iron.  God will rule, for the days of those who oppose His rule are numbered.


So the winner is: THEO-CRACY.