Saturday, June 11, 2016

Culture without a king

 "In those days there was no king in Israel; 
everyone did what was right in his own eyes."

A culture without a king produces compassion without care, choice without consequence and confusion leading to chaos.

Israel experienced this in the book of Judges and the results were horrible!  

When I am my own king, my own "god," and decide truth for me then my little kingdom with clash with your little kingdom and the result with be confusion and chaos, and finally truth without a truth giver.

"Everyone did what was right in his own eyes" looks very much like our culture today!  "My truth" is the guide for our day as we declare, with great authority, what is right!  Everyone should think as I do!  If you don't agree with me then you're not compassionate, caring or good.

The world around me lives without a king and so they crown themselves and demand you bow.  

When a culture lives without a king chaos is the's the culture we live in today.  The only solution is a king we can trust, a king who will rule in truth, who will bring real compassion. 

To be honest, there is only one King who should rule the hearts of man and it's not me, you or any other man. 

David wrote in Psalms these amazing words, 

"It is better to take refuge in the Lord 
Than to trust in man." 

And Paul tells us of the day when the rightful King will come, 

when we all will hand the crowns we have claimed to the only one who deserves them,

"God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on  Him the name which is above every name,  so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

A culture without a king produces chaos as we each clamor to claim the throne, but soon, perhaps today, the rightful King will come and we will all bow to him.

He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He is Jesus Christ.

As our culture sinks into chaos we long for someone to help us, to lead us, but it won't be the men and women we put in office.  It won't be the governments who will save us.  There is only one who can help us, and he is the rightful King of every heart, of every life.

Do you know him?

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