Topic: Political Dominion (RCCG Sunday School Manual For Young Adults And Youths (YAYA)
MEMORY VERSE: “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.” – Daniel 6:3 (KJV)
BIBLE PASSAGE: Genesis 1:26-28 (KJV) (Scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 16 October 2022 HYMN)
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
INTRODUCTION: 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 Matthew 28:19-20 and wait for God to implement social reforms Himself.
1. DOMINION THEOLOGY
Dominion theology refers to a line of thought with regard to the role of the church in contemporary society; it holds that biblical 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. (Lk.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; Jn.10:34), made for flourishing (Ps.92:12-13), and called to an eternal destiny (Rom.8:30).
ACTIVITY 1: Student should discuss why some believers do not take the lead.
2. CHRISTIANS’ DISPOSITION TO POLITICAL DOMINION
The political docility of Christians of the early church could be traced to the fact that Israel and some gentile nations were under the colonial rule of the Roman Empire and Christians were taught to be in subjection to the authorities that be (Rom. 13:1): at best, they were to pray for those in power and could not participate in the politics of their time (1Tim. 2:1-2). This might have been responsible for Christians’ hesitance to be actively involved in the politics of our days whereas, the God we believe and serve is interested in the way the world is governed (Gen.1:28).
Satan stole the “keys of dominion” when he deceived Adam and Eve. Then, when Christ gave the “keys of the kingdom” to Peter in Matthew 16:19, it was a sign that dominion had been returned to man. Now it is our job to “take back” what is rightfully ours. Political dominion is a must for Christians, not an option because the earth is our place of dominion, not heaven (Ps.115:16). Christians have to occupy strategic political positions in order to be at the helms 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 (Jn.17:15-16). It is true that we are seeking another home, a city “with foundations” (Heb.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 (Ps.115:16). It is also true that the world is passing away (1Cor. 7:31) but we should not forget that we will also give an account of how it is managed before it passes away (1Jn.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 is preserved (Ps.33:5; Mic. 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).
ACTIVITY 2: Students should identify areas where they want to make changes if they had the privilege of being in power.
CONCLUSION: 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.
1. Explain dominion theology.
2. Mention three dispositions of Christians to political dominion.
ASSIGNMENT: Students should list five reasons Christians are afraid of being involved in politics.
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