In 1 Samuel 8:4-20 we have the account of the people of Israel demanding that Samuel give them a king to “judge us and go out before us and fight our battles”. Yahweh consoles Samuel by saying, “They have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.” He then tells Samuel to tell the people what life will be like with an elected king over them.
• he will take your sons to be soldiers to fight his wars
• he will take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers
• he will take the best portion of your labour
• he will take tax you to support his organization
• he will take your belongings and use them for his work
• and you will become his servants
"Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day. Nevertheless, the people refused to listen.” 1 Samuel 8:4-20
Have we learned from their experience? As we read through the record of their history we see that everything that God had warned them about came true. Granted, God still carried out his intended plans but it makes me wonder how things would have turned out had they done things his way, with Him as their king.
Why would our election process be any different today? As one of those "called to assemble to govern"(the meaning of ekklesia) as part of His kingdom, have we been duped into voting to place another as “king” over us? Do we not already have a king over us, namely Yeshua?
I, for one, am happy with the One who is my Lord and leader, and He does not need to be voted back into office—ever.
I am no longer convinced that participating in secular elections is right, and not voting is only part of the solution. After every election, the successful candidate mails out a notice that he/she is now our representative in legislative affairs. This notice is an offer to contract. If we do not respond to that notice/contract within 10 days, that offer becomes binding. We must return the notice to them with a polite, “No thank you” and keep a copy for our records. Unless we do so we will have consented to their “kingship” over us—in place of our Lord and Saviour. Participating in the process binds us to the consequences of that process—as God warned Samuel.
Those 'elected' to office in Canada swear an oath of office but nowhere therein do they promise to work for the people who voted them in. This may be because they were voted in by legal "persons," not people. If you're not sure what that means read, "Of Covenants and Favour."
As well, by voting, you participate in the process of government thereby permitting them to assume that you agree to be under government's authority. In reality they ought to be under the authority of the people in keeping with their roles as public servants. More on this in, "Deceived By Legal Jargon."
The following prayer is offered to begin to undo all we have done out of our ignorance of the process in the past.
Give serious consideration to rescinding your signature/name from all voter's lists - federal, provincial/state, and municipal.
"If voting made any difference, they wouldn't let us do it." Mark Twain
©2013, Dr Steven Bydeley, a man.
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Steven is the author of Fathered by God and with his wife Dianne, co-author of Dream Dreams and Dreams the Heal and Counsel. He has been a guest on the Miracle Channel, Trinity Television, and Crossroads Communication, and have taught internationally on various topics.
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