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Benevolent Dictatorship

Posted by: David Carroll

2 Chronicles 10:6-8 (NKJV)

And they spoke to him, saying, "If you are kind to these people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be your servants forever."

King Rehoboam, Solomon's son, was seeking advice on how to deal with an issue involving some discontent among the Israelites. He received some good advice, "Be kind, pleasing, and speaking good words." This is the way a ruler of the people ought to be. It has often been said that a benevolent dictatorship is the most desirable form of government. I know, dictatorship has a negative flavor to it but to dictate means to instruct with authority. As long as the instruction is good, then the authority to enforce it is also good. In our world, such a system never seems to last because of the flaws in human character. Power corrupts. Sure enough, Rehoboam rejected this advice and was oppressive and evil to the people.

The Bible speaks of a time when Jesus will rule and reign on this earth. It is called the Millennial Kingdom. All the problems in the world will be solved. Why? There won't be any disagreements. We won't have to negotiate. The solution will be dictated by the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords who Righteous and True. That benevolent dictatorship will work. By the way, His kingdom is already established, but this little plot of ground we currently live on is still under enemy occupation.

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David Carroll wrote:
Solomon really messed up. He must have had a character flaw. Have you read how many wives he had?
David wrote:
This is a test
David Too wrote:
Singing in the rain again.
Tom Ridge wrote:
Yeah, I know, what a lucky guy!