Kingdom Comments on Political Issues
Nov 27, 2019
The 2020 election fever is spreading, now that we have entered the final year leading up to that election.
The battleground issues emerging are as follows:
The Democrats are painting the Republicans and Trump as racists and white nationalists.
The Republicans are painting the Democrats as Socialists.
The racial undertones of this political season coming from the Democrats make it appear that the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s was all for naught and that racial hatred and discrimination are worse than ever.
In 1998 Republican Bob Dole got the highest Black vote in recent history—12%. (Nixon got 32%.) Democrat Bill Clinton got 83%. No Republican candidate has gotten a higher percentage since Nixon. In 2016 Trump received only 8% of the Black vote. However, The Democrats are steadily losing the support of the Black community and have already lost about 40% of the Hispanic community.
Black supporters of Trump have now reached record levels of 34% and climbing. Without at least 90% of Black support, the Democratic Party cannot hope to win the 2020 elections.
“Republican presidential candidates generally cede the black vote to Democrats, but Trump has paid more attention to getting the black vote than any Republican presidential candidate in decades. Despite progressives’ hourly accusations of white supremacy, Trump’s approval ratings among blacks are robust. If Trump’s black vote totals are even half of the lower percentage in 2020, he’d get four more years in office.”
Democrats appear to be instructing the mainstream press to call them “Progressives.” It is a term that indicates “progress,” but progress from what? That is a bit like Obama’s call for “change.” It appeals to people who see faults in governmental policies. But by choosing a Marxist term (i.e., the call for a “progressive income tax”), they are really telling us that they intend to change the country and the world from the Christian worldview of the constitutional system we were founded upon to a Marxist Socialist worldview.
That is the real issue facing us today. In the 1930’s we shifted from a Republican form of government to a Democracy. The general public did not realize that “Democracy” was a euphemism for Socialism, which in turn, is the path to Communism, according to Karl Marx himself.
Ever hear of the Democratic People’s Republic of China? How about the Democratic Republic of Congo? Even the Soviet Union, though ruled by the Communist Party, was the USSR, “Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.” Though the USSR imploded in 1991 and was reformed as the Russian Republic, the West has gradually but steadily moved toward Socialism.
Today, ironically, Putin’s Russia is establishing itself as a Christian Republic (based on the Russian Orthodox Church), while the USA (until Trump) has been establishing itself as the USSA, United Socialist States of America. In other words, in many ways America is farther down the road to Communism than Russia is today, and Europe is even more Socialist. The tables have turned completely. As this becomes more and more apparent—especially among the Black community—the Democratic Party that supports this move to Socialism is trying to relabel itself as the Progressive Party.
Trump may or may not be the ideal candidate to regress back to the original intent of our founders, but these issues are now coming to the surface for all to see. In the end, it is not about any particular candidate or person. It is about whether or not the people lose faith in the biblical path to genuine Liberty and whether or not they want to join its main historical nemesis, which we know as Socialism, which was proposed by Karl Marx and others like him.
Socialism vs. Biblical Freedom
Socialism simulates biblical love. The main difference is that as time passes, the people are forced to “love” others, and it loses its value as a voluntary act, which is the biblical standard. Socialism has sounded very good to the poor, who were easily convinced that “spreading the wealth” was a good thing, even though, at its root, it is based on theft and abolishing the right to own property and assets for which a person has labored. The Christian concept of freedom is based on the sanctity of one’s labor and the right to own it. Such is the biblical idea of justice and liberty.
Socialism, on the other hand, is based on the principle of “fairness” and “sameness,” where equality means that everyone must have equal wealth. To accomplish this, one must steal from the rich and give a small portion of it to the poor, while keeping the bulk of it for administrative purposes and to enrich the politicians doing this “good work.” (They think they deserve it.) The result is that all the ordinary people become equally poor, as seen in the example of the USSR in the past century before it imploded.
No one wants to work when they know the government will take most of it anyway. It is, after all, much easier to be on the receiving end of the system, where the rewards are greater. In the end, Socialism encourages people to NOT work, and it is only where people enjoy or take pride in their labor that any work at all is accomplished.
It took 70 years for the USSR’s system of Socialism to collapse. That experiment alone proves that it does not work. Under such a system, it eventually becomes necessary to force the people to work. Governmental power increases proportionately, until the people are in abject slavery. This is the opposite of biblical liberty.
Hence, we are presented with the atheistic path and the God-given path to liberty. The people as a whole must choose between two opposite paths. Do the people have faith in God and His law, or do they reject God and search for a secular path to liberty? One system is based on the sanctity of labor; the other is based on government-sanctioned theft of labor.
The Democratic Party has chosen to align itself with the Socialist path and is being pulled to the far left as a radical “Progressive” movement. The Republican Party is being pulled in the other direction by President Trump after being just another arm of the Babylonian rulers for a long time. This polarization is dividing the people into radically different camps.
Tithe is not Theft
Biblical taxation is based on a return on one’s labor. God labored to create the world, giving Him the right to a return on His labor. He provides the dirt, the rain, the atmosphere, the sun, etc., while men provide their own labor, using God’s materials to produce wealth. In this business arrangement, men are given 90% of that which is produced as payment; God is given 10% in payment for His labor. Tithes are owed when men create wealth using God’s materials (nature). Offerings are voluntary, but there are also first-fruits offerings that are owed to God by the law of first-fruits.
That which is owed to God is then delegated to Kingdom governments who represent Him on earth. The money or assets are used to support those who are in authority who work full time as God’s agents. Their duties are primarily in the area of defense. Their day-to-day duties include record keeping and the administration of justice. On occasion they may be called to lead the people in wars of self-defense from foreign threats.
God’s agents in government are also responsible to teach the laws and spiritual principles in the word of God. They are expected to know how to conduct spiritual warfare as well, because all battles must be won in the heavens before they can be won on earth.
If God’s government agents do their jobs according to their individual callings, they are worthy of the financial support that God delegates to them through the tithes from the land, flocks, and herds, supplemented also by various voluntary offerings.
In Times of Captivity
In times of captivity, where God sells the nation into the hands of foreign, ungodly governments, the tithe system of the Kingdom is disrupted. With the authority that God delegates to ungodly governments also comes the right to receive the tithes for the support of such governments. However, they inevitably tax the people more than is allowed by God’s law.
God uses this as a form of corrective judgment in order to show His people the folly of lawlessness and how the bondage of other gods promotes false paths to liberty.
In the time of the Judges, God put Israel in captivity to six different nations, all of which followed the laws of false gods. When the divine sentence expired, God raised up Judges to deliver them, and the people repented of their lawlessness, at least temporarily. Yet the age-long problem remained, which is that the law was not truly written on their hearts. They again saw false gods as desirable and considered God’s law to be restrictive and contrary to liberty.
In simple terms, the flesh desires to sin and considers the law of God to be oppressive. So it seems that each generation has had to learn the lesson for itself.
The last great captivity began first with the Assyrian captivity of Israel and was completed with the Babylonian captivity of Judah. Both captivities were based upon God’s judgment time cycles. The Assyrian captivity was based on the “seven times” judgment (2,520 years). Judah’s captivity gave us more details, breaking it down into 4 main empires with certain extensions.
Israel’s captivity ended from 1776-1800, which was 2,520 years from 745-721 B.C. Judah’s captivity would have ended in 1917, had it not been for the century of independence that they enjoyed from 163-63 B.C. Because of this, Judah’s captivity did not truly end until 2017.
In the past century, America was turned into a Socialist Democracy and secularized in order to bring up a generation of lawless people who forgot the principles of biblical government that was set up after Israel’s captivity ended in 1776-1800.
But now that Judah’s captivity has ended (2017), we are seeing the implosion of Babylonian Socialism. This is seen clearly in the current political conflict and crisis, as each side of the debate has come to the surface. There are good and bad people in both parties, of course, but these two paths are emerging steadily, giving the people opportunity to repent once again, as seen so often in the book of Judges.
It is not about voting for any particular candidate of either party. It is about understanding the laws of God and the path of true liberty that He has set forth in His word. All political candidates express their own views, either for or against the Kingdom of God. It is for us to understand the underlying issues and the significance of the times in which we now live. We are responsible to act accordingly, and if we know the divine plan, we know that those advocating the Kingdom of God are destined to win, regardless of the chaos now seen in the world.