Saturday, February 4, 2012

Who's in Charge Here, Anyway?

"Those people who will not be governed

by God will be ruled by tyrants.

~ William Penn

"...blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.

It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8 

It strikes me odd that a good many political leaders, much of media, most entertainers, a few neighbors, and occupiers of one sort or another find it necessary to disparage faith & religious conviction.  Theirs is the certainty that no ultimate authority exists, or is even necessary.

I don't know WHY I find that odd, for surely this has been the case from the dawn of time.  Men do not take kindly to the accountability we have before a righteous, holy & sovereign God.  Better to make it (whatever "it" is) up as we go.

Slip that shoe on the other foot, and everyone shows up for a blessing.  Who doesn't want peace & prosperity?  Who thinks a dictatorship is the way to rule?  Who won't fight for freedom?   Who doesn't sit just a wee bit longer to bask beneath the beauty & bounty of a sunlit sky?

Some appear to think the stuff of blessings grows because of, and by happenstance, all on it's own - - a propitious wild seed that requires little more nurture than sustained jaw-flapping rhetoric in the direction of a threat; or to silence those that dare to ascribe them - blessings - to God.   Better to boast of the Big Bang Blessing Theory.

If men would do no more than consider what the Preamble to their own state's constitution has to say, it might engender more of it (blessing).  Good heavens, they might even find a reservoir of gratitude they had not heretofore known.

A preamble is an introductory and
expressionary statement in a document
that explains the document's purpose and underlying philosophy.

My own - Washington State, dated 1889 - reads: 

We the People of the State of Washington,
grateful to the Supreme Ruler
of the Universe for our liberties,
do ordain this Constitution.

“There are those who rebel against the light,
who do not know its ways
or stay in its paths.

For all of them, midnight is their morning;
they make friends with the terrors of darkness.

Yet they are foam on the surface of the water;
their portion of the land is cursed,
so that no one goes to the vineyards."
Job 24:14, 17-18

Why do the nations conspire
   and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the LORD and
against his anointed, saying, 
“Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
Psalm 2:1-4 


Maryann said...

What strikes me so is that people seem to be looking to someone to solve our problems instead of turning to God. I keep thinking of 2Chron7:14If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from them and will forgive their sin and heal their land
Hope you are having a good weekend

RCUBEs said...

Whatever is going on around us seems like we are just repeating history over and over...the kind that forgets God...It's hard to hear those leaders saying they're "Christians" but the question is..."How come their footsteps seem to be going the other way...not following Jesus?"

skoots1mom said...

so many people don't want to be called to accountability or responsibility...including our leaders.
God calls us to accountability and reponsibility...that's why others run the other way.

Rebecca said...

Good post, Kathleen. (Interestingly, this week at least one political leader chose to "use" Jesus to support a political agenda. In my opinion, picking and choosing Scripture in this way is about as dangerous as outright denial of a Sovereign God.)

Denise said...

Wonderful post.