“Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?” (Psalm 2:1,)
Aristotle, one of the philosophers of ancient Greece who, 300 years before Christ, had some surprising words to say about democracy. He referred to a democracy as that government in which "the majority" makes the rules, but they do it for their own personal good. His preference was not a democracy, but rather a Republic (he called it a polity), in which the majority still makes the rules, but they do it for the common good.
When the Scripture speaks about a democracy, it refers to "the peoples devising a vain thing." I'm not sure that Aristotle ever read Psalm 2, but both King David and the Greek philosopher had the same idea. I think King David and Aristotle would also agree that it's not so much who rules, but how they rule!
Because of the depravity of man, a Republic provides the safest measure towards government for the common good than any other form of government. Even in a Republic, however, the common good is often overlooked for vain things. This is the reason why republics, along with all other forms of government, rise and fall.
While a Republic may be temporarily best for our time, the good news is that One who is coming will receive the nations as His inheritance (Psalm 2:8). When his kingdom is established, "then all these things shall be added unto you."
In His Grace,
Heavenly Father, help us to do our part to make the temporary best the best it can be. But help us never lose sight that the best is yet to be! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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