Moses and Representative Democracy

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The Founding Fathers did not, as many suppose, build our government in the principles that built Rome and Athens. Instead, they looked to these great societies as counter-examples, the same way you look at the drunk in the ditch and say, “That’s why I never drink alcohol.”

The examples that our Founding Fathers used for our government came from two governments we no longer discuss in our public education system: The Saxons and the Israelites.

The Saxon system resembles almost exactly the system that the Israelites had under Moses until the diaspora. That system is beautifully summarized in the Bible, should anyone care to read about it.

First and foremost, is the idea that God reserved the land for all. That is, the land doesn’t belong to one person or one family. It belongs to the people. This is made clear because God never gave the land of Israel to Moses. He specifically divided up the land into 12 tribes based solely on the number of people in those tribes, with subdivisions according to the children of the 12 sons of Israel.

The world, and all of its land, is the heritage of all the people. Our Lord is God, and no one else. We should follow God’s commandment and possess our land. Buying and owning land outright, debt-free, should be one of our top priorities if we want to be free.

Next, Moses commanded the people to choose wise men, men of understanding, men who people know. These he made rulers. Here is the pattern: The people choose their own rulers. Yes, rulers. You cannot have freedom in anarchy. You need rulers to make things work. Who choose your rulers? You do, not God. This is made abundantly clear throughout the Bible. When the people of Israel choose to have a king, God has his prophet Samuel explain to the people why they don’t want a king, but God nevertheless allows them to have a king after he failed to convince them.

What’s interesting is that in the king, the people wanted God to choose their leader. The Law of Moses, or the ideal government that God established for the people of Israel had the people choose their rulers. Is it not paradoxical that God wants to remove himself from the government, and leave the power to choose with the people? No, because our God is a God of liberty and free will, independence and individual responsibility. He wants us to fully own up to our own decisions, and have no one to blame but ourselves when things go wrongly.

God’s government is a government of local, elected representatives. There are captains of tens, and fifties, and hundreds and thousands. These represent their respected groups in higher and higher councils. This is very similar to the system our Saxon ancestors, politically speaking, had.

Then God established for them the manner of rule. These judges and officers were not to be a respecter of persons, but to judge each matter in the law. They were not to avoid large or small cases, treating all alike. We see this council repeated throughout the Bible. One of Jesus’ admonitions was to the judges to hear the case of the widow, the most humble member of society.

What about matters that cannot be settled? Those are moved up to higher and higher judges, who make rulings that affect larger and larger groups of people.

I think that we are doing our children a disservice, and ensuring that our liberty will not continue, because we fail to teach our kids the simple principles of liberty found in history. One of the reasons for this is, I believe, the war against the Bible. Apparently, anything you find in the Bible is not appropriate to teach in school, because we must have a separation between church and state. So, telling kids to treat each other fairly, obey the law and not be a respecter of persons, or to show charity to all is off-limits. Or it’s okay as long as you don’t use the same words that are used in the King James Version, or don’t say things like, “That’s what Isaiah said” or “That’s what Jesus taught”.

Should we persist in this mindset, I perceive a day when we cannot even mention any historical fact that the Bible mentions, and cannot teach any Christian doctrine found in the Bible, including such simple ideas such as the fact that the laws of nature apply to all in perfect justice. That would be a sad day.

 

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