ISRAEL ASKS for a KING (Political Idolatry)
PROGRESSIVE RELIGION … UTOPIAN GOVERNMENT …
FASCIST “FAITH” … SECULAR “SALVATION” … TOTALITARIAN TYRANNY … POLITICAL IDOLATRY
“FEW PEOPLE DESIRE LIBERTY; MOST MEN WISH ONLY for a JUST MASTER” – gaius selsustius crispis, roman historian
“You shall have NO OTHER gods before Me.” – Exodus 20:3
“these men have set up their IDOLS in THEIR HEARTS, and put before them that which CAUSES them to STUMBLE into INIQUITY”
“… their gods shall be a SNARE to you” – Judges 2:3
ISRAEL ASKS FOR a KING
1 Samuel 8: When SAMUEL grew old, he appointed his SONS as ISRAEL’s LEADERS.
The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba.
3 BUT HIS SONS DID NOT FOLLOW HIS WAYS.
They turned aside after DISHONEST GAIN and ACCEPTED BRIBES and PERVERTED JUSTICE.
4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.
5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways;
NOW APPOINT a KING to LEAD US, SUCH AS ALL the OTHER NATIONS HAVE.”
6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this DISPLEASED Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD.”
7 And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you;
IT IS NOT YOU THEY HAVE REJECTED, BUT THEY HAVE REJECTED ME AS THEIR KING.
8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day,
FORSAKING ME and SERVING OTHER GODS, so they are doing to you.
9 Now listen to them; BUT WARN THEM SOLEMNLY and LET THEM KNOW WHAT THE KING WHO WILL REIGN OVER THEM WILL CLAIM AS HIS RIGHTS.”
10 Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were ASKING HIM for a KING.
11 He said, “This is what the KING who will reign over you WILL CLAIM as HIS RIGHTS:
HE WILL TAKE YOUR SONS and MAKE THEM SERVE with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.
12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and YOU yourselves WILL BECOME HIS SLAVES.
18 WHEN THAT DAY COMES, YOU WILL CRY OUT FOR RELIEF from the KING YOU HAVE CHOSEN, BUT THE LORD WILL NOT ANSWER YOU in THAT DAY.”
19 But The PEOPLE refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “WE WANT a KING OVER US.
20 THEN WE WILL BE LIKE ALL the OTHER NATIONS, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”
21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD.
22 The LORD answered, “Listen to them and GIVE them a king.”
Jacob, which means “heal catcher”, was SELF-SERVING and CONNIVING in his relationship with God.
God “broke” Jacob, re-naming him “ISRAEL”, which means GOD GOVERNED, or POWER from GOD (“el”)
“Jacob” served himself. “ISRAEL” SERVED GOD
PROGRESSIVE RELIGION – UTOPIAN GOVERNMENT
FASCIST “FAITH” – SECULAR “SALVATION” – TOTALITARIAN TYRANNY
Fascists are “ROMANTICS” who WORSHIPPED their “passions”, “instincts” or FEELINGS.
“REALISTS” seek to deal with what “IS” (“ugly” reality)
Idealists appealed to what “OUGHT” to be a “FAITH” in human perfectibility and “modern progress” is ASSUMED.
“We have the possibility of so directing religious energy by scientific knowledge that a comprehensive and continuous reconstruction of social life in the name of God is within the bounds of human possibility”. – American “Progressive” Walter Rauschenbusch
The idea of PROGRESS and the PERFECTIBILITY of the HUMAN CONDITION, of MAN HIMSELF, to use that term in a generic sense, is very much at the CORE of it ALL.”
FASCIST “FAITH” in “progress”- just GIVE UP YOUR FREEDOM (and lives).
Jonah Goldberg: “Fascists share a sweeping vision of social justice and community and the need for the STATE to realize that vision. The state was the natural brain of the organic body politic.
The politics of meaning is ultimately a THEOLOGICAL doctrine. It [the STATE] seeks to ANSWER the fundamental questions about existence [and] argues that they can only beanswered and insists the state put those answers into practice.
Fascist government [enacted] the SPIRITUAL WILL of the PEOPLE. The fascist state defines political and culture value and meaning.
“THIS world” answers to “OTHER worldly” questions the (TEMPTING) QUEST for fascist community results in a COLLECTIVE RELIGION placing anything above individual choice creates a collective religion.
Jonah Goldberg: “ULTIMATELY, the GENERAL WILL RESULTED in a NATIONALISTIC “SECULAR” RELIGION in which the PEOPLE WORSHIPPED THEMSELVES”
FASCISM is POLITICAL IDOL WORSHIP of the “GOD-STATE”
MOST FALL to the “TOTALITARIAN TEMPTATION“
“The DANGER is NOT THAT a PARTICULAR CLASS is UNFIT to GOVERN. EVERY class is UNFIT to GOVERN” – Lord Acton
C.S. LEWIS:“I believe in political equality. But there are TWO OPPOSITE REASONS for being a “democrat”. You may think all men so GOOD that they DESERVE a share in the government of the commonwealth, and SO WISE that the commonwealth needs their advice. That is, in my opinion, the FALSE, romantic doctrine of democracy.
On the other hand, you may believe FALLEN MEN to be so WICKED that NOT ONE of them can be TRUSTED with ANY IRRESPONSIBLE POWER over his fellows that I believe to be the true ground of democracy.
“I do not believe that God created an egalitarian world”. “I believe the authority of parent over child, husband over wife, learned over simple to have been as much a part of the original plan as the authority of man over beast. I believe that if we had not fallen … patriarchal monarchy would be the sole lawful government.
BUT since we have learned SIN, we have found, as Lord Acton says, that ‘ALL POWER CORRUPTS, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The only remedy has been to take away the powers and substitute a LEGAL FICTION of equality, the authority of father and husband has been RIGHTLY abolished on the LEGAL plane, not because this authority is in itself bad
(on the contrary, it is, I hold, divine in origin), but because fathers and husbands are bad. Theocracy has been rightly abolished not because it is bad that learned priests should governignorant laymen, but because priests are wicked men like the rest of us. Even the authority of man over beast has had to be interfered with because it is CONSTANTLY ABUSED”
The only legitimate reason that kingship is not attractive to us is because in this age and this. world the only kings available are finite and sinful.
A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that EVERYONE DESERVED a SHARE in the GOVERNMENT.
The DANGER of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re NOT TRUE.
I find that they’re not true without looking further than myself. (“beneath”)
I don’t deserve a share in governing a hen-roost, much less a nation.
The real reason for democracy is mankind is so FALLEN that NO MAN can be TRUSTED with UNCHECKED POWER over his fellows.
Aristotle said that SOME people were ONLY FIT to be SLAVES. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see NO MEN FIT to be MASTERS.
“IF there could be a king who is not limited in his wisdom and power and goodness and love for his subjects, then monarchy would be the best of all governments. IF such a ruler couldever rise in the world – with no weakness, no folly, no sin – then no wise and humble person would ever want democracy again.
The question is not whether God broke into the universe as a king.
The question is: WHAT KIND of king is he? What difference would his kingship make for you?” – John Piper
“Government exists to protect us from EACH OTHER. where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to PROTECT US FROM OURSELVES” – Ronald Reagan
“Government isn’t the solution to our problems, government is the problem”– Ronald Reagan
“Things in our country run IN SPITE of government, not by the aid of it” – Will Rogers
Democratic government at best was a benign but voluntary social contract for free people to enter in willingly and that the only “perfect” society (“utopia”) is not of this world all powerful government risked “tyranny”, hence liberal “separation of powers” classical liberals sought limited government
“When the people FEAR their government, there is TYRANNY; when the government FEARS the people, there is LIBERTY” – Thomas Jefferson
”I am not a friend to a very energetic government. it is ALWAYS OPPRESSIVE”
“Government powerful enough to give you everything you want, can also TAKE IT AWAY.” – Thomas Jefferson
“You shall have NO OTHER GODS before Me” – Exodus 20:3
“these men have set up their IDOLS in their hearts, and put before them that which CAUSES them to STUMBLE into INIQUITY.”
“… their gods shall be a SNARE to you” – Judges 2:3