88. Is democracy a Christian form of Government?

Democracy is a system of government that seeks to grant every adult the right to vote and participate in the electoral process. Essentially it welcomes freedom, and thrives on trust and truth. The candidates standing for election must speak truthfully about their intentions should they be elected. The electors must truthfully seek the best candidates and vote for them. The people administering the election process must carry out their duties honestly and fairly. The result of this process should be a government that seeks liberty for the people of the nation from corruption, evil, and anarchy. Righteousness exalts a nation. Democracy without a commitment to the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) will be a curse to the nation. If the Ten Commandments are the basis of the laws of a democratic nation then people will enjoy freedom from fear. Systems cannot be Christians. A Christian is a person who has a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. A government cannot be a Christian unless all its members are Christian. However if the majority of the elected representatives of a government are Christians then it might be said that this government advocates freedom and follows Christian principles. However even non-Christians may decide to base the principles of their government on the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Ten Commandments and in that respect the government could reflect Christian principles.