Sodomocracy And The City
s America is immersed in the politically intense period known as an election, we regularly hear about the choices before us as citizens of the United States. The so-called "democratic process" is a phrase uttered frequently, yet very voters actually understand the distinction between a Democracy and aRepublic.
A Democracy is simply a form of government based on majority rule. One pundit has described a Democracy as two wolves and one sheep voting on what's for dinner. If you think it through, you will quickly realize that such a political entity will inevitably deteriorate to a system in which the consensus, based on an ever changing set of circumstances, is that which is used to determinetruth. We note how the very word consensus contains the root word sense (as in sensual), so the communal choices made by a system of majority rule will invariably degrade to the lowest common denominator – a place which will satisfy the physical, emotional, and social desires of the masses.
A Republic is, of course, a state which is based upon the rule oflaw – typically relying upon a foundational document, such as a constitution, articles of confederation, or some other lofty description in which that protocol is the highest standard under which the Republic operates. Historically speaking, the wisest of those involved in constitutional government engineered their primary documents in such a fashion that it's very difficult to change them without a significant, and drawn out effort. This was to counter the popular whims of the people who might make poor decisions without a decent interval in which to consider the ramifications of such flighty choices.
The Bible actually speaks of a people who are easily swept away, or even manipulated into changing their minds on a frequent basis. The following text speaks of the absoluteauthority, and unchanging nature of God (an intrinsic characteristic of a constitution), and then compares those who constantly waver with the immaturity found in children:
"There is one body, and one Spirit…One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children,tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive" (Ephesians 4:4,6,14).
In ancient times, even before the absolute and inflexible rule of law which was embodied in the Ten Commandments, the Scriptures record that certain individuals, most notably Abram(and to a lesser degree, his brother Lot), were ruled by an imperative to live righteously according to a higher mandate. Functioning within a Patriarchal structure, as Abram and Lot's fortunes increased, they ultimately parted ways.
In those days, ably articulated in the book of Genesis in the several chapters before Moses the lawgiver arrives on the scene, the power of righteousness was repeatedly manifested – most notably in the case of Abram, who was later to be known asAbraham.
The well known figure who was to become the "father of many nations" (Genesis 17:4), Abram was the undisputed leader of aclan which followed his directives. For example, whenChedorlaomer, the king of Elam who headed a coalition of City/States sacked the city of Sodom, and took Lot and his family captive, Abram instructed his servants to attack what was obviously a much larger force – yet the text tells us Abram's servants obeyed without question:
"And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan."
"And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people" (Genesis 14:14-16).
Although these were not actually Abram's sons, clearly this was a family unit – and this model is in accord with the way in which the Kingdom of God is expanded. It's worth pointing out that Abram's much smaller armed family was able to defeat the military alliance of four kings led by Chedorlaomer; yet at no time is Abram ever referred to as a king.
Although Democracy as an institutional construct was developed much later in Greece, even though it was accompanied by a totalitarianism in which kings ruled the City/States of antiquity, it is self evident that a rough form of mob rule has existed from the very beginning. For instance, long before the time of Abraham, when people began to multiply and cluster in the years after the great flood of Noah, we see a statement where the people democratically agreed upon a course of action:
"And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let usmake us a name…." (Genesis 11:3:44).
Clearly these ancients were in communal agreement in deciding upon a course of action. But the majority rule, which has ultimately resulted in Socialism, Communism, Fascism, and Globalism, was never a part of the LORD's plan for His chosen.
After Abram liberates Lot, and the Patriarch's brother returns to his life in the city of Sodom, we find the way of Abram does notimpact the city dwellers in the legendary place. Although Sodom is notorious for its sexual proclivities, few have noted the simple fact the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah indicates that a form of majority rule was clearly the norm.
Most know how God dispatched two angels who were threatened with gang rape by the city's men, yet few read between the lines to see the city obviously had a rudimentary form of Democracy – thus, the fabled den of iniquity may be labeled as a Sodomocracy.
As the crowd of brute beasts massed around the house of Lot, the text reveals they were all in one accord. In effect, the majorityhad decided it was appropriate to take the strangers by force, so the act would have been considered lawful in that wretched place:
"….the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out untous, that we may know them" (Genesis 19:4,5).
Most know the story of how Lot tried to conduct a Dialogue with the vicious mob, even seeking to facilitate the crisis by offering them his two daughters, in a futile attempt to satiate the animalistic mob. Ultimately, the singular power of God, manifested through the agency of the two angels, was unleashed – and the fire and brimstone which consumed everything exceptthose chosen by the LORD for preservation, serves as an archetype for the forthcoming judgment of all unrighteousness.
-- James Lloyd
More on how the Scriptures describe the Kingdom of God, and man's ongoing efforts at restoring the Tower of Babel on a global basis, is found in the author's book BLOOD BEAST OF BABYLON.