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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Democratic Theocracy

William Blake - The Creator

Luke 20:17-19 (NIV)

Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:

“‘The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone’?
Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”

The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.

Jesus by his grace brought the possibility of theocracy to spacious democracy.  The cornerstone represented by Jesus by which all things are to be aligned is steadfast love.  Therefore, a theocracy of Jesus has no similarity with theocracies based upon fiats of irrationality and hatred.  Rather than imprisonment, democratic theocracies introduce blessed portals to freedom possible only within the context of justice and love.  This alignment begins in the commonweal with mutual respect and the blessings of constitutional rights.  They extent outward to the freedom of all persons to practice the Golden Rule in all affairs thus creating justice, charity, and goodwill.  Democracies by their very nature are contentious for they faithfully reflect the forever human struggle in all matters great and small to resolve the conflict of selfish self-interest vis-à-vis justice and charity.  In the context of democracy, the Prince of Peace assures eternal conflict as structural alignments are continuously made.  

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