01/08/2018

Joel Denny

I have taught Social Studies for almost 17 years in Ohio’s public education system, so I teach about history and government… A LOT. But one of my many responsibilities as a history teacher has not just been to teach the state of Ohio’s curriculum, but also to encourage and teach my students about how to be good citizens in this great democracy that we have in the United States. After studying and teaching about all the different types of governments out there throughout time (monarchies, dictatorships, theocracies, oligarchies, despotism, limited democracies, to name a few), I truly believe that democracy is the best form of government that we could have in this life. In this life. And while I do deeply believe and love our nation’s Constitution, after studying so many different types and functions of governments for so long, I do not think that democracies are the best form of government overall.

What, then, do I believe to be the best form of government?  For me personally, I long and hope for a monarchy. Monarchies and the feudalistic socio-economic systems that went with them were designed to take good care of everyone within the kingdom. Peasants lived on the lands of their noblemen and provided labor that kept food on the table for the peasants and the nobles, while the nobles and kings used their considerable resources to provide justice, law and order, protection, and economic well-being for the kingdom as a whole. When Israel wanted a government, a monarchy is what God gave them with their first king, Saul, and then later with their greatest king, David.

The sad thing is, though, that sin and death are the true masters of this fallen world. In a perfect monarchy, a king is supposed to sacrifice his own wants and desires to make sure his people are taken care of.  But kings and nobles and all of mankind are greedy, sinful beings, which led to abuses of power and the hoarding of wealth. Even Israel’s great King David committed adultery and murder to get what he wanted. So democracies became the best that we humans could come up with. As Christians, our hope for the future should never lie with any particular candidate, law, or constitution, but in the reign of our blessed savior, Jesus Christ!

So I don’t hope for just any monarchy! I wait for a perfect monarchy to descend from Heaven to be led by the King of Kings! In a world that has fallen away from God, the thought of giving absolute power to a human being seems ridiculous to those of us who live in the freedom of the United States. But as Christians, we are held to higher morals, to seek out and be the Kingdom of Heaven. The Kingdom of Heaven has come once before, and it will come again. Jesus, who is one with our Heavenly Father, is our King. His immense love for us will provide everything we need. We need not worry about abuse of power or corruption, because there is nothing God needs that He cannot create.

Jesus put it this way in Matthew 6:31-34, “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

I don’t know about you, but this gives me hope! I don’t know what heaven will be like exactly, but I do know that my God will be on His throne, that Jesus paid the price for me to be there with my King of Kings, and that He loves me dearly. So my hope isn’t like the concept of hope that the rest of the world has: “I hope I win the lottery,” or “I hope this president or that president will be a good leader.” Hope like that has an element of uncertainty. Rather, my hope has already been assured! Jesus paid the price, AND He came back from the grave! Eternity is a done deal and we can have hope…in the monarchy of the King of Kings!