God's Politics and Man's Politics:
What's the Difference?

God’s politics do not allow for bi-partisan compromises with other gods, human or inert.

In fact, to be in relationship to God, in the First Commandment he prohibited slavery to other gods and to the gods of transient earthly governments.

So freedom from slavery is at the heart of God’s politics, and for good reason.

Non-living gods being inert and made of earth-stuff like gold, wood and stone cannot form an interactive relationship with their ‘constituent-worshippers’. And cannot set them free, give them benign laws for their protection, or shower them with handsome benefits the way God did with Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and others.

God is spirit, and that is why he forbade his people from making images of him out of earth-stuff, bowing down and worshiping their own handiwork. Doing that would reduce God to nothing more than a piece of his own creation, an inert stone, a rock or piece of wood. Doing that would reverse our roles and make us the creators of God, the cause of his being.

God’s being is spirit, not earthly matter made by us in our image and likeness or in the image and likeness of our imaginings and fantasies about God.

The politics of God are intended to govern us by covenant which is a contract with mutual obligations and mutual benefits on both sides. And because he created us free, he must win our consent to govern us; not even God can coerce us into a relationship with him, as is shown by the great pains he went to to win the consent of his people who were reluctant to leave enslavement to the pharaoh...

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The happy enslavement of the Israelites

Thus Joseph acquired all the farm land of Egypt for Pharaoh, since with the famine too much for them to bear, every Egyptian sold his field;

so the land passed over to Pharaoh and the people were reduced to slavery, from one end of Egypt's territory to the other.

"You have saved our lives", they said.

"We are grateful to my lord that we can be Pharaoh's slaves".

Thus, Joseph made it a law of the land in Egypt, which is still in force,

that a fifth of its produce should go to Pharaoh.

Only the land of the priests did not pass over to Pharaoh. (Genesis 47: 20-21,25-26)

Even the priests are enslaved to earthly government by taking "social security" benefits from Pharaoh.

The priests' franchise agreement with Pharaoh

Only the priests' lands Joseph did not take over.

Since the priests had a fixed allowance from Pharaoh and lived off the allowance Pharaoh had granted them,

they did not have to sell their land. (Exodus 47:22)

If the priests offended Pharoah, he would revoke their privileged status stop their social security benefits and seize their lands.

Human nature does not change. Even today, the churches censure their political speech by their 501c3 application for a tax break they never needed.

But God had had enough of gods made out of earth-stuff who require worship through enslavement and bribery...

God's politics go live and online (so to speak)

I will lay my hand upon Egypt

and by great acts of judgment

I will bring the hosts of my people, the Israelites, out of the land of Egypt

...so that the Egyptians may learn that I am the Lord, as I...lead the Israelites out of their midst. (Exodus 7:4-5)

Neither inert nor human gods can perform such wonders. False gods must only be appeased based on the faith of their constituent-worshipers that such pandering will prevent their false gods from smiting them or setting them up for a fall in some way.

Fear of the Lord is different from fear of false gods

Contracts cannot be made under fear and duress. In a covenant, or contract, both parties are bound by its terms; God is bound by the benefits he promises his people, and his people in turn promise to obey his commandments...

Therefore if you hearken to my covenant and keep my commandments you shall be my special possession, dearer to me than all other people, though all the earth is mine.

"Everything the Lord has said we will do."

Then Moses brought back to the Lord the response [that is, the consent] of the people. (Exodus 19:5,8)

And because both parties, God and the people, are each bound by the terms agreed to, there must be consent by both parties so that capriciousness can never rule God’s relationship to us, or ours to him.

Fear of the Lord means that we can rely on God to keep his word, especially when he has cause to invoke the penalty clause.

All are equal under God's contract and that is at the very heart of Justice.

So kings and politicians of man's government do not get a free ride when they break the law.

For example, because of Moses' failure in his agreement with God he was not allowed to lead the people into the promised land (Numbers 20:12). And God threatened David with chastisement if he did wrong as king. (2 Samuel 7:14)

Fear of the Lord means fear that God will be true to his word, and apply justice with an even hand, even when it means punishing his people for defaulting on their contract with him.

And unlike man-made governments, God plays no favorites where justice is concerned. Because justice comes from the truth of God's word.

Only human governments can offer lies as if they were truth; an art they learned from the serpent in the Garden of Eden and have perfected ever since.

When through God’s politics, he creates a covenant with those he would govern, he binds himself to act, not capriciously, but according to the covenant’s terms; and his people can rely on him to do so…even when he must enforce the penalty clause of the covenant as he did with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Unfortunately, God cannot be so confident in his people, who often are in default in their agreement to keep his commandments.

Because his people default and break the contract, their agreement to abide by his commandments, God is not obligated to provide the benefits he promises.

You cannot receive the benefits of any contract if you are in default. In God’s politics, his governance, his people cannot demand that he perform his part of the agreement while they are not fulfilling their promises.

God’s politics are based on his desire to bind himself to us, and we to him, by our freely given consent.

Man's Politics differ from God's politics

Man’s politics are based on the self-interest of those who make promises, often fraudulently empty, to get and stay elected. And on the consent and belief of the people that such god-like politicians can, and will, "Bring Us Together", "Save us from that other party", "Empower us by telling us 'Yes We Can'", "Form a 'Great Society' for your chosen people", and so forth.

Those who get elected to govern under man’s politics, often go into default immediately on the promises they made to get the people to consent to be governed.

And such governors, made out of earth-stuff, become capricious false gods who must be appeased out of fear.

These false gods must be addressed as “the Honorable this” and “your Honor that” or “Mr. President” and “Madame speaker”, and the people must pray to them and plead for relief from their capricious governance. just as one would pray to a stone made out of earth-stuff.

God’s politics are not about power over those who elect him to govern their lives. A man’s politics are all about power over those who elect him to govern their lives.

To summarize the difference between God's politics and man's politics...

  • God’s politics, the governance of his people, are never established or maintained by force.
  • Man’s government is often established and maintained by force.
  • God's promises are contractual and never based on fraud.
  • Man's politics are rhetorical and thrive on fraud.
  • In God’s politics, God can never be lobbied to swerve from his promises under the covenants he makes.
  • In man’s politics, men and women welcome being lobbied and swerve easily and at a profit from promises they made to win the people's consent to be governed.

It is only in the safety of God’s non-capricious word, God’s politics, that we are safe.

You can go from God’s politics to the the separation of church and state.

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