Introduction to government

It is imperative that citizens understand the underlying issues reflecting today's geopolitics. These issues stem from particular forms of government who wield power of the nations resources.

Government: The specific form of administration through which the Authority administers laws.

Dictionary definition:

“the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states; direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.; political administration: Government is necessary to the existence of civilized society”

Wikipedia definition:

Government refers to the legislators, administrators, and arbitrators in the administrative bureaucracy who control a state at a given time, and to the system of government by which they are organized.

Government is the means by which state policy is enforced, as well as the mechanism for determining the policy of the state.

The word government is derived from the Latin verb gubernare, an infinitive meaning 'to govern' or 'to manage'.

Typically, the term 'government' refers to a civil government or sovereign state which can be either local, national, or international. However, commercial, academic, religious, or other formal organizations are also governed by internal bodies.

Such bodies may be called boards of directors, managers, or governors or they may be known as the administration (as in schools) or councils of elders (as in churches).

The size of governments can vary by region or purpose.

Government exists to manage society, provide security and maintain order. Early societies were small and self-sufficient, but as communities grew larger and more complex, structures to manage that complexity began to form.

The first small-city states appeared about 5,000 years ago. Since then, numerous types of governments have appeared.

Who forms government?

Ownership necessitates the formation of government.

  • A deity (God).
  • A man. (King, Monarch)
  • A group of men. (Types of Government)

Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

The bible never questions whether man SHOULD govern; it questions HOW he should govern.

Man’s rebellion was a rejection of a government bestowed by the Lord, this set the backdrop with which mankind would begin to create his own forms of governmental administrations.

The challenges faced within some countries stem from the establishments of new governmental systems not consistent with the nations history.

As citizens of God’s Kingdom it is necessary to understand the administrative system which governs us and why it is unique and superior from other forms of government.

Government is administered through the following administrative systems.This list is not exhaustive but it defines who rules:

  • Theocracy - rule by God.
  • Autocracy/Monarchy - rule by one.
  • Oligarchy - rule by minority.
  • Democracy - rule by majority.
  • Republic - rule by law.
  • Anarchism - rule by no one.

The pendulum of government.

Using the concept of the pendulum below helps to provide a visual picture depicting the results of separation from theocratic government. The periodic swings throughout history from one extreme of government to another.

The pendulum of government identifies that outside the scope of theocracy other forms of government:

Are suspect to being driven from [I and self] and [we and self].
Are suspect to ever changing rulers.
Are suspect to ever changing laws.

It’s not surprising that the least known form of government is theocracy. A form of government that must be restored to the citizen as a result of entering the Kingdom of God.

Theocracy is a form of government in which a god or deity is recognized as the state's supreme civil ruler,

[1] or in a higher sense, a form of government in which a state is governed by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided.

[2] In Common Greek, “theocracy” means a rule [kra?tos] by God [the.os?]. For believers, theocracy is a form of government in which divine power governs an earthly human state, either in a personal incarnation or, more often, via religious institutional representatives (i.e., a church), replacing or dominating civil government.

[3] Theocratic governments enact theonomic laws.
Theocracy should be distinguished from other secular forms of government that have a state religion, or are merely influenced by theological or moral concepts, and monarchies held 'By the Grace of God'.

A theocracy may be monist in form, where the administrative hierarchy of the government is identical with the administrative hierarchy of the religion, or it may have two 'arms,' but with the state administrative hierarchy subordinate to the religious hierarchy.

The word theocracy originates from the Greek ?????????, meaning 'the rule of God'. This in turn derives from the Greek words ???? (theós, from an Indo-European root occurring in religious concepts), meaning “god,” and ??????? (krátein), meaning “to rule.” Thus the meaning of the word in Greek was “rule by god(s)” or human incarnation(s) of god(s).

It was first coined by Josephus Flavius in the first century A.D. to describe the characteristic government for Jews. Josephus argued that while the Greeks recognized three types of government: monarchy, aristocracy, and anarchy, the Jews were unique in that they had a system of government that did not fit into those categories. Josephus understood theocracy as a fourth form of government in which only God and his law is sovereign. Josephus' definition was widely accepted until the Enlightenment era

 

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