The Democracy Lie in the Church

There appears to be a growing misconception in the Church that life as a Christian is similar to life in the world. We see people trying to accept others ideas and if there is a disagreement, then group opinion wins out. Sadly, that is not the way the Church works.

The Church, believers as a whole and not your local congregation, is called to be the bride of Christ. As such, we are part of the kingdom of God. Notice the word kingdom instead of the word democracy. It is not the democracy of God. Meaning, we do not get a vote in how it is ran.

This must be an issue found more in the western world where this form of government is prevalent. We tend to identify our religion in things and concepts that are familiar to us. If we don’t agree with something in the Bible, we can come together and discuss and as a group change it to be more accepting to all. The problem with that is we have no authority to make any changes. The kingdom belongs to God and to Him alone. We are in it, but not in control of it. That is hard for people to accept.

It is one of the key parts of salvation though. I give my life and right to control my life over to Jesus. I submit myself to the LORD. I become a subject to Him and have no rights outside of what I am given. This is a big reason people struggle in Christianity. People like to be in control of their own lives, but in Jesus we are not. We are anything but in control.

Kingdom here is not what the monarchy morphed into in the world. There is no parliament that proposes changes or ideas to the king. Just the king. In the kingdom, the King’s word is the final authority. Those in the kingdom approach the throne and can petition, but nothing is owed to them. There are no entitlements or civil rights. If the king does something you don’t agree with, there is no one to complain too. You can ask Him why if you want to, but He doesn’t have to answer. The only real choices are to be subject to the king’s authority or to leave the kingdom. No real middle ground.

As Christians, we are considered the children of God. As children, we have an elevated place in the kingdom. We have the love of a father. We have eternal life. We don’t get out of being subject to the King’s rules though.

It is not quite the romantic view that Christians like to hold on to, but we cant fully imagine what the kingdom is like either. If you struggle in your relationship with God, look and see who you are subject to. It is either God or it is the world.



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2 responses to “The Democracy Lie in the Church

  1. Good post Xander, and something we need to remember. Princes and princesses are subject to the King like all the rest. Have a good one!


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