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Democratic countries throughout the world elect leaders to run their governments. Winds of change bring the promise of brighter futures to people everywhere. At least that’s what the stream of promises from political candidates would lead people to believe.

Changes for the better are welcomed by nearly everyone. Knowing this, candidates on every side strive to highlight what’s wrong with their political adversaries and contrast it with the good that will come if only they are elected. After all, a candidate must convincingly make the case that he can make things better.

In a world of difficulty and danger, people want their lives to get better. Yet, in spite of so many promised improvements, citizens face obstacles that do nothing but escalate-whether the dilemmas are local or global or somewhere in between. Complex problems confound governments, economies, politicians and the physical environment. Conflicts and sorrows are so pervasive that writer Aldous Huxley observed that maybe our world is “another planet’s hell.”

Trial and error

Do solutions to our problems exist? If so, where are they?

Many people have put forward ideas that were supposed to end everybody’s difficulties and usher in a utopian age of one kind or another. The roots of big government hark back to the Sumerian kingdom of Mesopotamia of around 3,000 B.C. An early Sumerian ruler, Nimrod-whose name happens to appear in Genesis 10:8-12 Genesis 10:8-12 [8] And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. [9] He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: why it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. [10] And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. [11] Out of that land went forth Asshur, and built Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, [12] And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.
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-became one of the planet’s first tyrants. Eventually the Babylonian domination of the region, the cradle of civilization, spawned a governmental system that has ultimately involved many of the great empires of the world.

Successive empires devised ingenious tactics and philosophies to address humanity’s problems. The attempted fixes continue and proliferate. They have included education, greater mechanization, bigger cities, more sports and entertainment, greater wealth and trade, and massive ruling empires.

Modern cultures are the result of thousands of years of attempts at improving the world. Yet the problems remain.

What if?

What if it were your responsibility to lead a nation? Where would you take it? How would you address its challenges and problems?

Consider the promises the major candidates recently made in their run for the U.S. presidency. Between them they pledged to:

  • Improve the nation’s educational system.
  • Strengthen the national retirement program.
  • Provide adequate, affordable health care.
  • Strengthen national security.
  • Lower taxes.
  • Besides these kinds of problems, national leaders perennially promise to solve other difficulties. They say they will:
  • Eliminate crime and the drug trade.
  • Reduce poverty.
  • Promote a just judicial system.
  • End discrimination.
  • Promote international peace and cooperation.
  • Strengthen moral and family values and the work ethic.
  • Reduce government bureaucracy.
  • Wipe out pollution and promote proper ecology.

Do these proposed programs sound familiar? They should. Politicians have been promising to solve the same problems for decades. Yet they remain, some worse than ever.

The lesson is this:

The right government, the correct plan and the perfect person in a crucial position of leadership aren’t what we have now, nor has any human government ever had such a person. Although many have tried, no humanly devised government in any country in any age has managed to make much progress down the road to creating a perfect civilization.

Good news is coming

But we shouldn’t despair. Incredibly good news waits on the horizon. A perfect leader with a perfect plan exists, and He is carefully assembling a government fully able to do all the things that need to be done.

The human mind laughs at such a utopian prospect, even while leaders work to concoct their own new world order. But an appointed person and His staff are preparing to step in and put the world on its feet. The Israelite prophet Isaiah outlined the plan:

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign … over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever” (Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah 9:6For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
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We humans are far too recent on the historical timeline, too eager, immature and impetuous. We think solutions are far less complex and deep-rooted than they are. That so many of our problems and dilemmas have remained with us-not only for a few presidential administrations but for thousands of years-should sober us.

Fixing the ills of mankind is not simple, even for God. He and His Son, Jesus Christ, haven’t simply been killing time while waiting for the right moment to intervene in people’s affairs. They have worked diligently to prepare for a major overhaul of the planet. Quite a few aspects of the solution-which will necessarily be a divine solution-are much more complex than we can imagine.

Points in God’s master plan

Biblical history and prophecy reveal strategies God has implemented and will carry out to bring about a just, peaceful and prosperous world. They include:

  • Establishing righteous laws that can guide human behavior and build justsocieties (Deuteronomy 4:5-8 Deuteronomy 4:5-8 [5] Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do so in the land where you go to possess it. [6] Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. [7] For what nation is there so great, who has God so near to them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call on him for? [8] And what nation is there so great, that has statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
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    ; 5:29).
  • Providing a way for people to understand and incorporate His laws and keep the spirit of them, not just the letter (Jeremiah 31:33-34 Jeremiah 31:33-34 [33] But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, said the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. [34] And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, said the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
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  • Recording examples from which man can learn so he can avoid others’ mistakes (1 Corinthians 10:6 1 Corinthians 10:6Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
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    ; Romans 15:4 Romans 15:4For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
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    )
  • Establishing a worldwide educational system to train people in His way of life (Isaiah 2:2-3 Isaiah 2:2-3 [2] And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. [3] And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
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  • Transforming the world so that suffering and sorrow will be eliminated (Revelation 21:4 Revelation 21:4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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  • Devising a means for people to escape the finality of death (1 Corinthians 15:50-54 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 [50] Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. [51] Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. [53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. [54] So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
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  • Arranging for the perfect King to rule the nations (Revelation 1:5-6 Revelation 1:5-6 [5] And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. To him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, [6] And has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
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    ; 19:11-16).
  • Ending all rebellion against Him and His ways (Revelation 19:15 Revelation 19:15And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
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  • Establishing universal peace and freeing humanity from crime, war and other violence (Micah 4:3-4 Micah 4:3-4 [3] And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. [4] But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken it.
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  • Selecting and training assistants to administer proper government throughout the world (Revelation 20:4 Revelation 20:4And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
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    ; 5:10; 1:6; Daniel 7:27 Daniel 7:27And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
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This list covers some of the most important aspects of the massive preparations God has had underway for longer than human beings have existed.

Another change needed

Could you or I implement any of the above points? We have to admit that most of the items are far beyond our abilities. Yet they are necessary to solve the problems that plague mankind.

Even so, yet another vital step is missing. Without it many of the dramatic changes represented by the items on the list could never come about, and we could never see a peaceful, fulfilling world.

The culprit for humanity’s ills is within us-our very nature. While Christian movements have reached much of the world, they have not tamed the inner man. British historian Paul Johnson observed that, in spite of Christianity’s civilizing influence, “there is a cruel and pitiless nature in man which is sometimes impervious to Christian restraints and encouragements” (A History of Christianity, 1976, p. 517).

God alone can solve our problems. Ultimately He will remove humanity’s greedy, selfish nature along with the wicked influence of the devil (John 8:44 John 8:44You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stayed not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
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; Revelation 20:1-3 Revelation 20:1-3 [1] And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. [2] And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, [3] And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
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). Only by removing the sources of man’s problems can we begin to eradicate our problems. God will replace our self-centeredness with an attitude of service and love oriented toward the well-being of others. Of that day God says, “I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds” (Hebrews 10:16 Hebrews 10:16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, said the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
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It is through the administration of the perfect government of God, in the coming Kingdom of God, that humanity will ultimately find happiness.

God’s strategic solution

The Bible defines sin as “the transgression of [God’s] law” (1 John 3:4 1 John 3:4Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
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, King James Version). Sin lies at the root of every human difficulty. No man can heal the countless wounds that result from sin. We can’t, on our own, erase its mental and emotional agony. We can’t undo the dreadful toll of warfare, slavery and persecution. It is not in us to change the greed and selfishness that motivate so many.

Sometimes we can’t even differentiate between villains and victims in a world where people are too often both. We can’t restructure the world and pay for the wrongs our fellow human beings have endured. The human race, from one end to the other, needs to repent, to change its ways and start afresh with a new spirit leading the way, the Spirit of God. Only with repentance, forgiveness and a change of nature can God remove and right the wrongs.

This is what it will take to do away with wars, crime, abuse, discrimination and a whole host of problems. If you wonder what you would do if you could be president, remember what real solutions entail. None of us has the intelligence, influence or stamina to fix what’s wrong with the world. The solutions lie in the hands of God Himself. Let’s be glad He works tirelessly to prepare to handle them when Christ returns.

You can play a part

There’s an old saying: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. What can you do to avoid being a part of the problem? Should you run for government office?

When Jesus lived on earth, setting us a perfect example, He said: “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36 John 18:36Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
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). He didn’t abolish disease, although He healed many. He didn’t stop crime, yet He had compassion on its victims. He didn’t stop oppression, but He taught others not to oppress anyone else. He called Himself and His disciples the light of the world, engaging them as examples of God’s way of life (Matthew 5:14-16 Matthew 5:14-16 [14] You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. [15] Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all that are in the house. [16] Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
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Those God calls today have an invitation to be examples of godly love and concern (Colossians 3:12-15 Colossians 3:12-15 [12] Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; [13] Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you. [14] And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection. [15] And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be you thankful.
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). Jesus needs assistants who are willing to prepare to rule with Him while learning to choose right rather than wrong and govern their lives by the light of God’s Word.

Remember Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan and learn to be a good neighbor, helping others as the opportunities arise. That is the mind-set of Christ that will guide His rule over the nations in His coming Kingdom (Matthew 25:36 Matthew 25:36Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.
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). An important responsibility for Christians who are concerned about righting wrongs is to pray for the leaders of their nations that God’s people can proclaim the gospel of His Kingdom without undue hindrance (1 Timothy 2:1-4 1 Timothy 2:1-4 [1] I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; [2] For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. [3] For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; [4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
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; Colossians 4:2-4 Colossians 4:2-4 [2] Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; [3] With praying also for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: [4] That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
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An incredible future ahead

If you have ever wished you could be part of a government that really made a difference, then seek to be an ambassador of Christ’s coming government (2 Corinthians 5:20 2 Corinthians 5:20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be you reconciled to God.
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). An ambassador is a representative a government appoints to represent it to others. God calls people today to be representatives of His government to all other governments and peoples. You could become one of His ambassadors, a representative to reflect His way of life.

Such a role-as Christ’s ambassador-contributes a great deal toward the ultimate solution of society’s problems and leads to the opportunity to reign with Him in the administration of the coming Kingdom of God (2 Timothy 2:12 2 Timothy 2:12If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
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; Revelation 2:26 Revelation 2:26And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
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In this world aspiring candidates are always making plans to gain political power in hope of advancing themselves or solving particular problems. The masses remain hopeful that some leader someday will make a permanent difference for the better.

Although that rarely happens in the age of man, such changes will be widespread in the world to come. We must awaken to an understanding of the awesome plan God is implementing for mankind. We should also learn how we can play a role in transforming the world in His coming Kingdom. GN

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