All powers have been ordained by God and as such are to be ordered by and under Him (Romans 13:1-4). One may say that if such a thing as mobocracy (mob rule) exists, then it too has been ordained by God. This is true, but the question we must consider is this. Why has God decreed the rise of mobocracies? Is God’s purpose in so doing to provide the sort of government he intends to promote good and punish evil? It is self-evident that mobs, by their very nature, are antithetical to God’s purpose for human government so what is God doing?
Mobs throughout history have been disorderly gatherings of malcontents that impose their rule through wanton destruction, violence and fear. Their rule is manifest in the opportunists who use the mob as a pretense to take power.
One of the problems with mobocracy is that the chaos inherent in mobs means that mobocrates often don’t know exactly what they are rioting for in the first place. Some are thugs who just want to sate their appetites for theft and destruction but in most cases those who join the mob do so because they want to see change in society. This creates a hydra of many heads with many advocating for different and often contradictory things.
Often times in the midst of the confusion new leaders are established but this is unsteady ground for the power hungry. As I said, the mob is a many headed beast. It is not agreed with itself regarding its demands. Not only that, as a hydra, when a head may be cut off, another grows to replace it often with its own new demand.
For this reason, when we look at examples such as the French Revolution we see the mob giving rise to a number of leaders it subsequently aids in deposing. Mobs cannot be satisfied. It’s not in their nature. This leads to the eventual end of any given mobocracy.
Enter the strong man. The strong man is the opportunist who comes into power through the mobocracy who then turns on it and thoroughly suppresses it under a militarized, totalitarian regime. By the time the strong man comes into power, much of the people are practically begging for it to end the unrest.
This is how France got its Napoleon and The Soviet Union got its Lenin and then Stalin. Often times the new power is far worse than the one to which the mobocrates were initially responding.
Mobocracies are rule by chaos. From chaos comes totalitarianism. It’s a path from one extreme to another and benevolent dictators are as rare as unicorns.
So why has God decreed mobocracies? For the same reason He sent the flood and for the same reason He used the wicked Assyrians and Babylonians to displace stiff-necked Israel. Judgement.