Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Opus 2018-026: Forms of Government, part 3 of 5, King Me

Once you get past the time of the Judges the Bible assumes the existence of kings.  That runs all the way to Revelation so we see a monarchy considered normal.

How do we put it together?  Old fashioned kings with total power don’t seem to be the plan.  I am not sure they were ever the plan.  If you study ancient cultures, kings often had a name but no real power.  In the Bible a king was not God’s plan.  When Samuel was on his last legs the people were the ones who wanted a king.
(1 Samuel 8:5 KJV)  And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
There is something about conformity that gets us in trouble.  They didn’t want a king because they thought it was wise, they wanted to be like other nations.  God was not happy,
(1 Samuel 8:7 KJV)  And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
From there on God tells Samuel all the things a king will subject them to.  Kings take the young for their own purposes, from soldiers to concubines.  Kings take the best of everything and a portion of what is left.  Can you spell eminent domain and taxes?

So, although the book of Proverbs and the rest of the Bible assumes kings, it is not God’s plan that a strong, powerful individual should tell us how to live our lives.

To be continued...

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