Demokratia was birthed as a title around the 5th century B.C. The Greek culture, particularly in Athens encouraged “the common people” (demos) to have “power to rule” (kratos) and modern Democracy was born. How any political theory is put into practice stirs endless debate, e.g., where do you draw boundaries of “people,” yet something resonates about the idea. Ordinary people ought to be respected and have their say. Empowerment is always preferable to impotence.
However, if you grew up thinking modern democracy is an idea where every voice is heard and respected - determining the will of the people and directing a nation, it’s time to think again. There’s a new democracy in town.
People in the West still have their say, but if they don’t get their way they just keep asking…. Democracy only works when democracy works for you, and there is little respect for the will of the people who disagree with you.
So what’s the underlying reason for this resistance?
Well, consider this parallel: A child who is immature may persist in asking the same question – over and over again. “No!” from the parent simply means, “try harder!” A parent who buckles under the pressure sets a dangerous precedent. It sends the wrong message and effectively hands over power and responsibility to the child. It’s not the child’s fault. The child is immature. It’s the fault of the parent for not providing the necessary guidance, instruction and discipline.
Now step back into society.
Is this nation truly led by those with the authority to rule or has power been handed over to those who shout loudest, individuals who are determined to keep asking the same question until they get the right answer? If so, it’s not society’s fault. It’s the fault of those who have held a “parenting” role. Responsible men and women across the country have not provided the necessary guidance, instruction and discipline. They buckled.
So we can throw our hands up in the air, or we can get to work – prayerfully and practically. Reason Why is equipping others to share ultimate truth with ordinary people. Together we can shine the light in the darkness. Clear up the confusion. Send the message - Christianity is not true because it works – it works because it’s true.
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