Do We Want a King?

Kings-Crownby Anniel3/23/15
With a blessing to Mr. Lesser  •  I had written most of this not long ago, but until Mr. Lesser posed his questions in “Seeds of Our Own Destruction” did it feel like it was timely.
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How did our country get where it is today? I firmly believe that the only way to save us and the country is to establish the steps of where we went wrong and how the downfall progressed so rapidly.

Way back in Eden the Lord God, planted two trees, one of which was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The only way for men to gain knowledge and be free is to ALWAYS have equal choices before them, then they must learn to turn from evil and prize that which is true and good. That very freedom to choose was from the beginning, and makes for a messy world, and whether we like it or not, it is absolutely essential to us and our growth.

A brief history of Israel and its failures is necessary if we are to apply the lessons learned from history to our own situation.

In the Book of Deuteronomy (KJV), before his death, the prophet Moses reiterates all the Law and commandments given to Israel in the wilderness during the Exodus when the Israelites escaped from bondage in Egypt. He then tells the Israelites the conditions set for their possession of, and freedom in, the land they have been promised.

The most important condition they faced was to drive out and destroy all the inhabitants of the land. Sounds bloodthirsty, but the Canaanites were so wicked they could no longer be tolerated. The Lord makes it very clear to the Israelites that if they intermix with the Canaanites they will go whoring after the gods of their enemies, which they are told they must NEVER do. The symptom of such whoring is idolatry.

When the Lord thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;

Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? Even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which He hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. (Deuteronomy 12:29-31)

Every single blessing the Israelites had received or were promised is based on following the law as given on Mt. Sinai. From the time Israel left slavery in Egypt they were meant to be a free people, with every man doing as he chose, but because of their unrighteousness and constant turning to idolatry, they seemed unable to accept the responsibility and discipline of freedom.

Moses warned them repeatedly:

Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day; And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known. (Deuteronomy 11:26-28)

The time of the Judges was an historical period in Israel that lasted from the death of Joshua until the time of the prophet Samuel, or about 200 years. There are records of 12 Judges, including some women, who were the real military leaders of Israel, and their leadership lasted until about 1095 B.C. The era of the Judges was a period of turmoil and warfare where the Lord, through the Judges, led Israel’s armies into battle and saved them if the people were righteous, or let them suffer oppression and defeat when they were in rebellion against Him. Most of the time it seems rebellion was the theme of the day, always centered on idolatry. At the end of the Book of Judges we are told:

In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25 KJV). This statement shows that each man had the inherent right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” In other words, so long as they kept the Law, every man was free. The Ten Commandments were the vehicle, not for anarchy, but for freedom.

In the time of the prophet Samuel, we learn that he appointed his two sons, Joel and Abiah, to be judges over the people of Israel, but they walked not in the ways of their father and took bribes and perverted judgment. The Elders of Israel came to Samuel and said the people were upset with the oppression of the judges and had decided they wanted a King. Samuel was not pleased, but placed the matter before God.

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, they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. (I Samuel 8:7)

Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
(I Samuel 9)

And so Samuel told the people the certain results of their wishes:

And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and he will set them to ear {plant} his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive yards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.

And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. And he will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.

And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day. Nevertheless the people would not obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but WE WILL HVE A KING OVER US; That we also be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. (I Samuel 8:7-20)

So the people rejected a nation of freedom for the slavery of a Kingdom.

The Lord led Samuel to find the first two kings of Israel, both of whom started out as great and good men. Saul was precipitous in his actions and eventually allowed his pride and his jealousy of David to put him on a disastrous path of betrayal and murder and loss of his sons and his own life in battle

David, whom the Lord loved, was anointed by Samuel to become King after Saul, but the way was rocky with both Saul and other enemies against him. When he was finally crowned and unified the kingdom the people turned wholeheartedly to him. He was great in battle and in ruling, but the lusts of the flesh led him to turn against his legal wives to yearn after and commit adultery with Bathsheba, a married woman. David then arranged for the murder of Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, to cover their adultery. Because of this sin, David would not be allowed to build the Temple of God, the holiest place on earth. As King his home life became a horror. One of David’s own sons would rape his half-sister and be killed in turn by the sister’s full brother. David’s other sons would also conspire and make war against him to become king in his place, leading to their own deaths.

And now we come to the third great King of Israel, Solomon, son of David and Bathsheba, gifted by God to become the wisest of the wise. Solomon built a glorious Temple to God, prophesied the future, and created a Kingdom of wonder and riches known throughout the world, one feared by all other kingdoms on earth. And he, too, this blessed wise man, fell, and turned away from God. How could this happen? Why would such a wise man anger God by taking hundreds of wives and concubines, most of them not even of the covenant people? Why impoverish his own people and destroy his kingdom?

Perhaps Moses, speaking of the blessing and cursing left on a nation, knew that it also applied to individuals. That if Solomon had remained faithful to God he would have remained wise, but when he turned from God he brought a curse upon himself, and lost his wisdom. Maybe each man’s strengths and weaknesses are the same thing, it’s how men use their gifts that determines whether they will be a blessing or a curse.

So the people of Israel squandered their own freedom, and caused the downfall of three good men in the process. And thereafter the kingdom was divided between Israel and Judah.

It’s very important that we learn the lessons of history and apply the bible’s teachings to ourselves. On Independence Day, July 4, 2015, we celebrate the
239th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. After the war and the ratification of the Constitution, many people wanted to make George Washington our King. He was wise enough to say “No”, most emphatically. And yet today many people want a King again. And we have a leader who thinks he IS a king, and that we are serfs, his to command.

In spite of all the warning signs, our own fathers never dreamed of a day like ours, and the double cement of responsibility and freedom was allowed to fall into disrepair. We, as a nation, like Israel before us, chose to ignore the God who keeps people and nations free. Remember Ronald Reagan’s dictum:

Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed down for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was like in the United States where men were free.

The greatest lesson I have learned lately is that we cannot continue to think of any man, woman, or child as just a naked ape of no intrinsic physical or spiritual value. Even our enemies are valuable to the Creator God who made them and He yearns after them. They, too, stand on the precipice between the light that comes from God and the great darkness that comes from idolatry and evil.

Once idolatry is established in a land and becomes more entrenched, the more rapidly it grows as idolaters meet and charm each other, and infect others.

Because we have the freedom to choose, some of our brothers and sisters turn to idolatry and are seduced by:

1. Worship of self, which is always the first idolatry. This may take the form of malignant narcissism, or psychopathy, and these are sides of the same coin. Love and concern for others is lost when the self becomes first.
2. Attachment of the self to stronger men and their earthly powers (putting our Trust in the Arm of Flesh, which we are commanded not to do.)
3. Power, always more power, for one’s self, or the star one is hitched to.
4. The love of money and the power it buys.
5. Sex, for itself and its use as power to control and humiliate others.
6. Special rights, purchased by money and power.
7. Worship of celebrity, as reflected glory on the self.
8. Drugs, both using, and selling to pacify and control others.
9. Becoming the enemy of all goodness, for evil always hates goodness.

All of these and more are high on the agenda of progressives today and lead to more evil and destruction as part of the daily routine. Our job, instead of throwing up our hands in despair, is to find effective methods of combatting these forces.

I think it was Voltaire who said that if each man swept his own doorstep then all the world would be clean. Each person needs to find the worth of their own life, their talents and abilities, and pledge them to the cause of truth and liberty, our own double-sided coin. Not all of us have fortunes, but our mite, like the poor widow’s, would be honored by God and help in the cause, and we all need to build courage so our sacred honor means just that, sacred.

The following are a few things to consider in this battle:

• Become informed at ALL levels of government and find out what your elected representatives are doing. Attend Community Council and school board meetings, everything that has a bearing on your immediate living space, then on up the chain.
• Be prepared and brave enough to speak up on the issues. Don’t tolerate the lies and always tell people the truth.
• Vote every election, even at the smallest local levels.
• Find legal representation and sue if your rights are trampled on. There are legal groups who will help at minimal or no charge if you just ask.
• Find ways to publicize both wrong-doing and righteousness.
• Support the Convention of States, both with your mite and your mouth.
• Support Nullification, encourage courage in your state officials to consider this tool.
• Demand Repeal of the 17th Amendment and publicize why you favor State’s rights.
• Support true conservatives any way you are able.

What are your answers? Let everyone know, you might have the right one for all of us.

The United States of America, this grand and glorious country, is under the care of God and does not need an earthly king to lead it. It’s time to stand and say so. • (1182 views)

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13 Responses to Do We Want a King?

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Mike Royko, back during the Reagan administration, suggested that perhaps the US needed a king, but he was cheekily suggesting a British-style weak monarchy as a harmless national symbol (and a much less expensive one than our current royals, as Mark Steyn recently pointed out). Even that would actually be a major alteration of the American political system, but Royko wasn’t a political scientist, after all. Modern liberals genuinely favor an “enlightened” despot, by which they mean someone who agrees with them. Thus, nothing the Crimson King does will disturb most of them, as long as he continues to act as they wish.

    As to what should be done about it, I’m not sure. Ultimately, what’s needed is to make people see what the real choice is. I suspect that even today one cannot find a majority of Americans in favor of despotism. But to point out that this is in fact the choice would be “extremist”. The real solution would be retaking the culture from the radical left, and I don’t know how we can do that (except to the extent that our choices in which media to rely on have some effect on the overall culture).

  2. Rosalys says:

    “Do we want a king?”

    I don’t. I trust that most of the people who visit this site don’t. I dare say that most Americans, who have grown up still singing, “The Star Spangled Banner” on the Fourth of July would say, “No!” We still live in relative freedom; but compared to even just a few years ago, the walls are closing in around us – and none too slowly either. Zero acts like a king, but only because Congress refuses to do their job by behaving as a co-equal branch of government, guarding their Constitutionally ordained powers against encroachment, and reining him in. The remedy is a mere development of spine away! The fact that the vast majority will not, and will attack any upstart who dares to rock the boat, means that they are somehow comfortable with the situation. I don’t think your average congressman is the least bit opposed to his place as a member of the ruling class. It’s a cushy, well paying job with a lot of perks and prestige! I’ve have the very uncomfortable feeling that too many fathers (executive), sons (legislative), and unholy spirits (judicial) of the United States kinda aren’t too upset (except for the occasional minor jockeying for power and position at election time) with what’s going on. There have been a few mavericks (and I don’t mean John McCain!) but they get shot down and pummeled not only by the left, but by the supposed right. (Sarah Palin comes to mind.)

    I really believe that the Second Amendment, and the hundreds of thousands of guns owned by responsible, law abiding Americans, is what’s keeping Them at bay.

    Annie, you have identified that the real problem of America is a spiritual one.

    Preach the Gospel and pray for revival!

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Hundreds of millions, not hundreds of thousands. Good thing, too; the latter wouldn’t be enough. Of course, cowardice in the face of challenging the First Black President (everyone who accepts the Demagogue party line knows the real first black president was Harding, of course) is only part of the problem in Congress. The Fascists (especially Harry Wormwood Reid) prefer executive overreach to protecting their constitutional prerogatives when that overreach is used to further their goals, and there are enough of them to make it virtually impossible for the Senate to act.

  3. Anniel says:

    Whenever I read Samuel’s warnings to the Israelites about what a king will REQUIRE of them, I look at Washington D.C. and what they now REQUIRE of us. Even to making us forego our national identity and become like all the other nations. In answer to Mr. Lesser’ question we need to also consider the tax code and what it does to us. Every single step further imprisons us.

    In all but calling him a monarch we have given the power of a kingdom to OBAMA and his masters and minions.

    Listening to Ted Cruz speak was like having the conversation inside my head publicized aloud by a politician for the first time in many years. When he said God isn’t finished with America I wanted the heavens to open right then. He gives me hope, and then the long knives and the lies come out of the political sewers of the left, and out of those who try to lay claim to the right.

    Stand by God, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. If Cruz is the man God wants to lead this nation, then we need to make up our minds now and speak up.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Don’t you wish they taxed as little as Samuel predicted? As someone once observed, taxation with representation has worked out as badly as taxation without it.

      • Anniel says:

        A tithe to a church is only ten percent, anything above that is a free-will offering. There’s no free-will where government is concerned. I still look at that awful Koskinen and get the shudders up and down the spine. I seldom want to hit anyone, but that guy I could smack just as hard as possible before I passed him off to the rest of you. Or we could tag team and wipe the smug sneer off Lerner’s face, too.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    King George isn’t looking too bad right about now compared to what we have.

    • Anniel says:

      He at least had a painful illness that made him hard to deal with. What we have now seems to be soul sickness.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Every year, usually around Independence Day, they’ll post some article by the usual suspect (I call him “Lord Blowhard”) at NRO about how Americans were a bit hasty severing their ties with England. And as I’ve stated many times to friends, it’s likely I would have been on the pro-reconciliation committee rather than the pro-revolution one. The devil you know, and all that.

        But that’s now nearly ancient history. Or is it? The idea of a divine-like person whose dictates, if not directly from heaven, are at least a sort of second-hand smoke from God, are clearly with us still.

        And this is who Obama is. He is the Messiah (of sorts) of the secular/materialist mindset, which describes most in the West now, including a large portion of Christians and Jews. You see this is so when the emphasis is on poverty, not good conduct and values.

        And the role of this atheistic/materialist king is not to protect us, per se. His job is to provide “free stuff.” His job is to keep material abundance flowing. And to sanctify this selfish and perverse craving, he is also to play the role of redeemer (small-r). He sanctifies this brazen pursuit of material comforts (even at the expense of future generations…indeed, at the viability of our civilization at all) by anointing these pursuits with the hollow words of “equality” or “social justice.”

        Perhaps one day the homosexuals and other victims of the various victim groups will wake up and see that they have played the part of mascots or idols in this perverse game. They are important only in convincing the “Progressives” that their pursuits are not ultimately trivial, selfish, vulgar, and destructive.

        Long live the king.

  5. GHG says:

    A king? It’s a seductive thought. More than a few times I’ve only half joked when I suggested I be made King so I could clean up this mess. Luckily it’s only to my wife I make this proclamation and I’m pretty sure we won’t turn me in to the authorities.

    But there is something to the fantasy of being able to hit the reset button – to start over with 20/20 hindsight and maybe make a better go of it this time. But alas, it is fantasy to think that the fault lay in the mechanisms when the fault all along is in the human heart.

    Life is a stage where we strut and fret, but unlike Macbeth’s idiot, full of sound and fury and who then is heard no more, our lives here are but a passage to the next life where we will be heard evermore singing praises to the one true King.

    • Anniel says:

      Charles Murray says we all need to watch “Groundhog Day” over and over until we get things right. Even legitimate Kings get things wrong, so that idea cannot work. We need to get rid of our idols first.

      I loved your questions and the comments that followed.

  6. Anniel — excellent application of the biblical king discussion. Israel had so few good kings and many like Manassah, who sacrificed his own son to Moloch, a truly hideous king. I just read this morning that Ben Carson just called our king a “psychopath” and we all know he’s right.

    Ted Cruz’s speech and subsequent interviews have lit a little spark of hope, but we will witness far more horrors before this gets better.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I just read this morning that Ben Carson just called our king a “psychopath” and we all know he’s right.

      Wow. Truth-telling by a major figure. That’s unusual.

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