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Monday, October 6, 2008

Multiply And Subdue It: The Dominion Mandate

Thus God created the man in his image: in the image of God created he him: he created them male and female. And God blessed them, and God said to them, Bring forth fruit and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the heaven, and over every beast that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:27-8

The oft quoted Dominion Mandate. This is the first of several times throughout scripture where God commands man to take physical dominion over the world and bring it under the lordship of Christ.

Many times I hear the question, why should we take on a culture that's already heading downhill? God has already fore-ordained what will come to pass, so there's really nothing we can do about it. This argument was posed to me this past weekend in regard to the upcoming election. We were discussing the proper candidate to support. It all boils down to, should we support McCain because he is better than Obama or should we support a third party candidate because he meets the biblical qualifications for office (more on that in another post). Although McCain will still take the US downhill, it will be at a slower rate than Obama would, supposedly. Perhaps if McCain is elected we can barely make it for the next four years and possibly put up a better candidate for election next time. Besides, God has already decreed that McCain or Obama will be president, so why should we even consider anyone but them?

God has predestined from before the beginning of time who would be elected in 2008. It will probably be McCain or Obama. But that does not negate our duty as Christians to bring everything under the dominion of Christ. Neither McCain nor Obama has shown by their fruit that they will lead this nation according to God's Law and because neither man recognizes God as the Source of everything, Christians have no right to support him. We should in fact oppose both men.

Back to the Dominon Mandate, though. The question was then posed to me, since the Dominion Mandate was issued before the Fall, don't you think the Fall changed the Mandate?

The Fall changed everything. But there are two main reasons why I believe the Mandate is still relevant. First of all, when God cursed Adam after the Fall, the ground is cursed. This leads me to believe that since Adam would be tilling the ground, the Dominion Mandate was presupposed. Secondly, the first Mandate is reiterated in God's covenant with Noah, when He says:

....Bring forth fruit, and multiply, and replenish the earth. Also the fear of you, and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the heaven, upon all that moveth on the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea: into your hand are they delivered.
Gen. 9:1b-2

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4 Comments:

Blogger Son3 said...

Amen to that!

October 6, 2008 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Ana Smith said...

Great post!

The only determining difference between McCain and Obama is that McCain has had more time and experience in harming our country. My amount of trust in God won't be determined by which one is elected. And, besides, you're right, who are we to play the mind of God? How much authority do we have in limiting the presidential electee to only two men? History has taken some mighty interested turns when the unexpected happened. :-)

October 6, 2008 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Gravelbelly said...

Two more reasons to accept that the Dominion Mandate is still in effect:

1) When God flooded the world, he gave the responsibility of preserving the creatures to a man;

2) Psalm 8 -- although the Psalm is Messianic, dominion belongs to Christ as "the Son of Man", i.e., the representative Man.

I do think, though, that the Dominion Mandate is much broader than for whom one casts a ballot every four years. Apostolic Christianity turned an empire upside down without casting a single vote. Maybe it's time to return to the Manual for instructions?

October 7, 2008 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thanks for the comments, ladies and gentlemen!

Excellent observations!

October 7, 2008 at 12:23 PM  

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