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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Scripture Passage:  “And said unto him, Behold, you are old, and your sons walk not in your ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.  But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us.  And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.  And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto you: for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me that I should reign over them.  According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto you.  Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and show them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.”  I Samuel 6:5-9 

Dear Friends,  

     The past fifty years have revealed to me many of the pitfalls and complications that accompany a democratic society.  I have also been in countries that are not democratic and have observed first- hand the struggles everyone except the elite have with poverty, health care and job opportunities.  History itself teaches us that there is no perfect government system and that each one carries its own privileges and consequences.  Our democratic society has gone from being one of responsible freedoms to anything goes.  Personal opinions have taken precedence over moral standards so it is left up to the liberal agenda to determine what is right and wrong and what will be tolerated or rejected.  Our leaders spend more time arguing than working and sexual harassment has become the latest topic of discussion and scandal.  What about abuse of the elderly, deaths of the unborn, poverty, homelessness, and teenage pregnancies?  So much of what we consider crimes against humanity trace back to sexual perversion.  Even that term has become ambiguous in our democratic society, so you will have to watch the latest talk shows, reality shows, and the evening news to determine what is accepted and rejected today.  Let me say I do not believe sexual harassment is right, but neither is pornography, sodomy, sexual perversion, fornication or adultery.  We glorify some of these while condemning others.  There was a time when all of these were labeled “wrong” by civilized society but some are legalized today in the name of freedom of choice.  The question is – who is responsible for determining what choices are right and what choices are wrong?  Such are the quandaries of a democracy.

 

    So why not desire to live under the rule of a monarch.  The Holy Scripture gives us examples of the best and worst of monarchies.  If a monarch desired to please God and led the people to the do the same, then the nation flourished, the people were satisfied, and peace was obtained.  If the monarch did what he wanted and what was right in his own eyes, then the nation deteriorated, the people were disgruntled and rebelled, and war broke out with all  adjoining nations. Some were very godly like David, Solomon, Josiah, and Hezekiah, but even they had moments of stupidity that brought heartache and suffering to the nation.  Others like Rehoboam, Ahab, and Manasseh, led ungodly lives and caused the people to sin against God.  Ultimately the nation was conquered and the people led off into captivity.  So the danger with a monarchy is you never know what you are going to get.  Just because mom or dad did well, does not mean King Junior or Queen Sissy will follow in their footsteps. They might even start well and turn out to be a tyrant or dictator who cares nothing about his/her subjects.  I think if a King was very godly and desired to love and protect his subjects, it would be a pleasant environment to live in. 

 

    The best of all possible governments is a theocracy.  The reigning and ruling authority is God himself.  He is responsible for everything.  We are responsible for nothing except faithful obedience and service to Him.  He takes care of all difficult decisions and is responsible for all provisions.  All He ask in return is that we obey His commands.  This is what Adam and Eve experienced in the beginning.  A theocracy only falters when people question God’s decisions and His love for them.  People begin to value their opinions more than God’s omniscience.  As a result, people place themselves in positions that only belong to God and take upon themselves the responsibility to set standards for what is right or wrong regardless of what God says.  So we have come full circle and have established the definition for twenty-first century democracy.

 

In Christ,

 

Pastor Johnny