Is Democracy Good and Biblical?

There is a lot of hoopla about the state of democracy in the United States and around the world. Many citizens value the ideals of democracy as sacred and best.

Christians should be willing to examine democracy itself and ask some important questions. We ask and answer the following questions:

  1. What is democracy? We define the term and compare it to other types of government.
  2. Why is democracy appealing? We look at five reasons: (a) power is decentralized, (b) each voter is supposed to be politically equal, (c) laws require majority approval, (d) citizens are encouraged to know and participate in their own politics, and (e) change can happen without a violent revolution
  3. Is Democracy Biblical?

 

Scriptures Referenced:

Judges 21:25

Proverbs 14:12

Micah 2:2

Exodus 20:13-17

 

Sources Cited:

Austin Sarat, “Where Are the Defenders of Democracy?” The Bulwark, September 1, 2020.