Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Great Society

Why are we addicted to central authorities? Why is it that we progress to great heights in human progress of democracy, freedom, rights to property and the pursuit of happiness when suddenly tyranny prevails? Why does a society rich in culture and human values suddenly become subservient to a single leader that rules with an iron fist?

The Bible in Micah 4:

1 In the last days
the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established
as chief among the mountains;
it will be raised above the hills,
and peoples will stream to it.

2 Many nations will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths."
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

3 He will judge between many peoples
and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.

4 Every man will sit under his own vine
and under his own fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid,
for the LORD Almighty has spoken.

In the last days we will have a final sovereign king of all things. He will not rule with an iron fist, but with justice and mercy. Every nation will submit to this ruler. Finally, all will bury their weapons.

The greatest question that governs all debate is to what degree can humans govern their own actions and their own property, be that property land, votes, or resources. We see in this prophecy that the final yearning in human hearts for an ultimate sovereign ruler and ultimate personal freedom will one day be reconciled.

Every human being will sit under their own fig tree and their own vine. They will no longer fear. This is the ultimate fulfillment of property rights and sovereign rulership.

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