Memory Verse: “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests and we shall reign on the earth”- Romans 5:10.
Bible Passage: Genesis 1: 26-28.
The word Dominion means “rule or power over”. God has sovereign power over His creation and has also delegated the authority to mankind to have dominion over the works of His Hands. (Gen. 1:26; Ps. 8:6). However, some Christians are passive and do not see that God wants the Church to take charge of and revamp their societies. Instead, they only see the command for believers to preach the gospel as in Matt. 28:19-20 and wait for God to implement social reforms himself.
- Dominion Theology
- Disposition Of Christians To Political Dominion.
Dominion Theology refers to a line of thought with regard to the role of the church in contemporary society. It holds that Christians should rule all areas of society, personal and corporate by the Law of God. This belief is based on Genesis 1:28, which says, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion..”. This verse is a divine mandate to claim dominion over the earth, physically, spiritually, economically, politically etc. (Luke 19:13). This theological idea about Christians having political dominion has its root in the nature of God and reality, the importance of justice, the value of freedom, and a rich understanding of the human person as created in the image of God (Ps. 82:6; John 10:34), made for flourishing (Psalms 92:12-13), and called to an eternal destiny (Romans 8:30).
Disposition Of Christians To Political Dominion
The political docility of Christians of the early church could be traced to the fact that Isreal and some gentile nations were under the colonial rule of the Roman Empire and Christians were thought to be in subjection to the authorities that be (Romans 13:1) at best, they were to pray for those in power and could not participate in the politics of their time (1 Timothy 2:1-2). This might have been responsible for why Christians hesitate to be actively involved in the politics of our days, whereas, the God we believe in and serve is interested in the way the world is governed (Genesis 1:28).
Satan stole the “key of dominion” when he deceived Adam and Eve. Then, when Christ gave the “key of the kingdom” to Peter in Mattew 16:19, it was a sign that dominion had been returned to man, Now it is our job to “take back” what is rightly ours. Political dominion is a must for Christians and not an option because the earth is our place of dominion, not Heaven (Ps. 115:16). Christians have to occupy strategic political positions to be at the helm of affairs for positive influence.
While it is true that we belong to a heavenly kingdom that is not of this world, we are still numbered among the people in this world and are subjected to the rules and systems of its government (John 17:15-16). We indeed seek another home(Hebrews 11:10,14,13:14) but that should not be an excuse to be nonchalant about our present abode and refuse to take responsibility for its governance (Psalms 115:16). It is also true that the world is passing away (1 Cor. 7:31), but we should not forget that we will also give an account of how it is managed before it passes away (1 John 2:17).
Therefore, it should be of concern to Christians to be a part of “high-level” decision-making processes to ensure that justice is done, biblical principles are upheld and the Christian faith survives and its preserved (Ps. 33:5; Micah 6:8). As the salt and light of the world (Matt. 5:13-16), when we engage ourselves in politics and government, we speak out for those who cannot speak and defend the rights of the poor and needy (Prov. 31:8-9).
All Christians are political whether we realise it or not. If we choose not to engage in politics, it is a vote for the status quo-the way things are.
- Explain Dominion theology.
- Mention three (3) dispositions of Christians to political dominion.
Students should list five (5) reasons some Christians are afraid of being involved in Politics (2×5=10Marks).
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