"It was for freedom that Christ has set us free..." Gal 5:1



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One man ruling all others is an invention of men. It does not come from God.

In I Samuel 8 the Israelites realize that Samuel is getting old. They tell Samuel that they want a king.

Examine God’s response to their request.

1. God equates their request for a human king as rejecting Him as their King! God says to Samuel “[the people] have not rejected you [Samuel], but they have rejected Me…” I Samuel 8:7b

Could it be that it is NOT God’s will for us as human beings to become slaves to another human being in order to be “protected?” Could it be that God’s plan is for each man to be a “king” treating his brothers as equals? Could it be that men are to “protect” one another as equals, not requiring a pledge of fealty?

2. God equates their request for a human king as idolatry! He directly equates it to the worship of other gods! I Samuel 8:8

I do not believe God wants His children to look to other men to be their salvation. The desire to be “ruled by one” when referring to a mere man is idolatry.

3. God warns them of the problems with “one-man-rule” “top-down” authority.
a. The “dictator” is going to want an army at his command and there will be a draft. I Samuel 8:11-12
b. The “dictator” will make slaves out everyone, men and women, requiring them to work for his agenda. I Samuel 8:12b-16
c. The “dictator” will implement taxes on goods and finances in such an oppressive way that all will be like slaves. I Samuel 8:14-17
d. The people will just come to God in the end crying out for deliverance from the very government that they themselves asked for! I Samuel 8:18

Oh My!

When I was a teenager I remember Ronald Reagan saying “the government is not the solution to the problem, the government is the problem!”

I don’t know if Reagan originated that quote, but I believe the Bible is filled with such ideas! I Samuel 8 is one of the best and most insightful warnings I have seen against the dangers of “all-mighty” government.

Why didn’t the government save us from September 11? Why didn’t they stop those Hurricanes in Louisiana? Why are there children starving?

I believe we as humans are responsible for one another. We are responsible for starving children. We are responsible to stop evil. We are responsible to aid our fellow man during a disaster.

BUT! But I must warn my fellow man. We need to be very careful looking for salvation from a human king. Even if we make the “government” king we are in danger of being reduced to slavery.

Government has its purposes, and is appointed by God Himself, but it is NOT the Savior of the World. That Honor and Duty remains with Jesus Christ. Thus the early Americans cried out that famous line: “No King but King Jesus!”

As long as we expect government to solve our problems, we will never be free.

And as you know, I am thirsty to be truly free!

ThirstyJon

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True Freedom from Tyranny does not equal rebellion against authority.

The American Declaration of Independence states that “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations…”

Translation: “Don’t mistake our throwing off of British rule as REBELLION. Understand that the King has severely abused his authority.” Application today? It is not freedom you are exercising if you rebel.

In my heart I get confused. I can see in my heart and soul a black, insidious rebellion. I also see the Holy Spirit and genuine Humility. I also see a Thirst to be Free. Leaders are not perfect. They do not always know what they are talking about, but do not REBEL against them because you don’t get what you want.

No!

True Freedom starts on the inside. When my heart is free from bitterness and judgement towards leaders, and when my heart is free from the Tyranny of my Own Self, and when my heart knows what God wants… THEN I am truly free. I am even free to humbly confront my leaders (governments, employers, parents, husbands, pastors, team leaders, coaches, etc.) In some cases I will even be free to disobey because I am free to say “judge for yourselves whether we should obey God or man.”

Oh my, but I am not free. I have anger. I have judgments against leaders. I have fleshly opinions. I have fear.

My sinful nature is “thirsty for freedom” to do whatever I want to do. Fulfill my lusts.

That would only be bondage.

But I still don’t know what to do with the part of my soul that insists, demands, and will not back down on being treated like an individual and a man. It insists on respect. What is that, Lord? Show me! Is that the flesh side, or is that the way you made all men to be?

The journey continues!

ThirstyJon

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