Democracy

The Christian foundations of our Democratic freedom

The Christian foundations of our Democratic freedom

Why intelligence, faith and law are the bedrock of equality, prosperity and freedom.

 

** Full messages available and see below for bite sized topic by topic videos.

Making sense of our Democracy (THE FULL MESSAGE)

The full 38min message -which nearly all the above clips were extracted from. This message deliberately covered a range of areas in an  attempt to shed some ‘big-picture’ light on the topic.

The Christian and Politics (THE FULL MESSAGE)

This is ‘Part 2’ of Dave’s talk about the origins and values of democracy, and considers socialism, communism, fascism – and their comparisons to capitalism. What are the flaws? Which of these are redeemable – and how have we enabled a capitalistic democracy as well as we actually have (including freedom to own property, initiate a business – and to vote)… …to become one of the most free, equality-based and prosperous cultures not only in the world, but in history?

Bite sized sections – topic by topic:

Making sense of our Democracy

1. What is a Democracy? (0.58mins) 

2. What does the Bible say about God’s ideal for Government on earth? (7.40mins) 

3. Can you imagine a bureaucracy-free and tax-free welfare system? (1.59mins) 

4. Where do our cultural ideas about human rights come from? (4.22mins) 

5. How did these great democratic freedoms become ours? (4.57mins) 

Making sense of our Democracy

6. Is this a ‘Christian’ nation? (1.36mins) 

7. How are a nation’s freedoms typically lost in history? (7.12mins) 

8. The challenging ethics of socialism (1.14mins) 

9. Why Plato rejected Democracy (and Capitalism) as a bad idea (3.09mins) 

10. How are we to make sense of ‘left vs right’ today? (7.47mins) 

The Christian and Politics

1. Prophets of Socialism (10.14mins) 

2. Why is Socialism attractive? (3.22mins) 

3. Socialism vs Communism (1.30mins) 

4. Communism vs Fascism (4.23mins) 

5. Socialism vs Capitalism (6.59mins) 

6. What to do if both socialism and capitalism can fail? (8.01mins) 

Making sense of our Democracy (segment 1): What is a Democracy? (0.58mins)

Understanding this starting point is essential – because this stands in contrast to the Governments not only of most nations throughout history – but also most nations on planet earth today!

Making sense of our Democracy (segment 2): What does the Bible say about God’s ideal for Government on earth? (7.40mins)

Many are unaware that God gave a template for Democracy in the Old Testament. Here are 13 points about God’s original plan for Israels Government!

The Christian and Politics (segment 1): Prophets of Socialism (10.14mins)

Hear a summary of the ethics of socialistic as promoted by the likes of Machiavelli and Hegal amongst others – as then applied differently by Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler.

The Christian and Politics (segment 2): Why is Socialism attractive? (3.22mins)

Despite the terrible failure of socialism, with a death count greater than all religions combined the past 2000 years, it still attracts the young – and even in nations like ours. What’s going on?

Making sense of our Democracy (segment 3): Can you imagine a bureaucracy-free and tax-free welfare system? (1.59mins)

Repeating a short clip from the previous video – this video answers this question!

Making sense of our Democracy (segment 4): Where do our cultural ideas about human rights come from? (4.22mins)

Contrary to what many think, Human Rights are only real if God is real. Without God, they are arbitrary. And our definitions of human rights have a specific origin many haven’t recognised too.

The Christian and Politics (segment 3): Socialism vs Communism (1.30mins)

Hear a summary of the ethics of socialistic as promoted by the likes of Machiavelli and Hegal amongst others – as then applied differently by Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler.

The Christian and Politics (segment 4): Communism vs Fascism (4.23mins)

What’s the difference between Communism and Fascism – and how are they the same, because we’re told one if far-left and the other far-right, BUT they are both the result of socialistic teaching and values. What’s going on?

Making sense of our Democracy (segment 5): How did these great democratic freedoms become ours? (4.57mins)

Hear a summary of what it took across a 2000 year period of time to deliver us the freedoms we have today!

Making sense of our Democracy (segment 6): Is this a ‘Christian’ nation? (1.36mins)

Repeating a short clip from the previous video – this video speaks to this question.

Making sense of our Democracy (segment 5): Socialism vs Capitalism (6.59mins)

In this messages most significant comparison – what’s the difference between Socialism and Capitalism? I’ve said the flaw of socialism is fatal. What of the huge flaw of Capitalism?

Making sense of our Democracy (segment 6): What to do if both socialism and capitalism can fail? (8.01mins)

Dave gives his conclusion: No political theory – whether connected with socialism and capitalism, has power to create or sustain democratic freedoms. We are in a free, prosperous in an equality-based society – with rare equal globally and in all of history for a reason. Might it be time to recognise this?

Making sense of our Democracy (segment 7): How are a nation’s freedoms typically lost in history? (7.12mins)

Tragically, freedoms have been lost many times. Communism alone established itself in an additional 45 ‘satellite’ nations during the Cold War. There is pattern to this – and 2500 years of history to the thinking behind how you can work to take control of a people, to rule them. It’s sobering, but important, information!

Making sense of our Democracy (segment 8): The challenging ethics of socialism (1.14mins)

From a Christian standpoint, humans were created special and have rights. Despite the claims of some to ‘work for equality for all’, the challenges is, ‘you can’t have your cake and also eat it’.

Making sense of our Democracy (segment 9): Why Plato rejected Democracy (and Capitalism) as a bad idea (3.09mins)

Plato lived before Jesus – and saw no hope for Democracy. We need to understand why because, while Jesus definitely changed things, on what basis do we expect the views of people who are rejecting the idea of God and faith in Jesus to be any different to Plato?

Making sense of our Democracy (segment 10): How are we to make sense of ‘left vs right’ today? (7.47mins)

This video is the all-important conclusion – bringing together all that is discussed prior.