Republican Take Over in House & Senate – Why We Still Need Democracy

Last night was a crazy evening if you were watching CNN or Fox News.  The Republicans now have gained control in both the House and the Senate.  One thing is for sure – the events of yesterday’s midterm elections are causing either celebration or frustration depending on what side of the aisle you sit on.  You can be sure Republican politicians are thinking they’ve ushered in the Kingdom of God on earth while the Democrats believe they’ve lost it all.

I am convinced that most of the people in the circles I run in are Republicans.  I am, and along with me is the majority of whole evangelical world.  Are the events of last night a thing to rejoice over?  Yes and no.

Yes, because the views of the Republican party are more of a reflection of what evangelicals believe than the Democrats, and because of such things we rejoice that “right” thinking is now more a reality in Washington than it was yesterday.

No, because what happened last night is normal for the American political process.  Every 8 years we see the cycle of “everyone gets angry at the party that has twisted the truth and failed miserably at one initiative or the other, so they elected the opposite party to do the same thing.  Queue recently deposed party announcing soul searching and blaming the soon to be outgoing president.” (James Fordham)

Don’t miss the forest for the trees here.  There is a larger reality at play which must be mentioned.  The need for democracy.  Hear C.S. Lewis on this, who lived in a Monarchial governmental society speak on his need for democracy:

I am a democrat [proponent of democracy] because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that every one deserved a share in the government. The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re not true. . . . I find that they’re not true without looking further than myself. I don’t deserve a share in governing a hen-roost. Much less a nation. . . .The real reason for democracy is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.

In a post Genesis 3 world, a fallen world, a broken world, no one man should ever hold all the power. One could even say that no one party should hold all the cards.  We cannot be trusted with power, history proves this true again and again.  This is why we need Democracy.  More so, this is why we need Jesus Christ.

Therefore if you’re going to rejoice today over last night’s victory, or if you find yourself wallowing in defeat – remember Jesus Christ, crucified, risen, reigning.  Perfect in humanity, perfect in divinity, able to save those who believe in Him to the uttermost.  He is our hope, not the fall or rise of fickle political parties.

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