Week 45 Day 2
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Deuteronomy 17: (of the choosing of a king) 18 When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. 19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees 20 and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.
The problem with human rulers is the very fact of their humanity. They, like you and I are prone to sin. The only difference is, and here God warned the Israelites, that the old axiom “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” is not only true, but has been, and still is, played out again and again in the live of nations. Feckless, weak willed, cowardly politicians, no matter how well intended, having once walked the corridors of political power, fall prey to the corruption of power. The only desire then is to get more and more power. God foresaw all of the problems Israel would face. It seems that many, if not all of their problems stemmed from their disobedience to the good and common sense laws given them by God. They became a people who demanded that exceptions be made. They saw their leaders as ones to mediate on their behalf and to excuse them from the harsher provisions of the laws God had given them. Does any of that sound familiar?
Consider this in light of the fact that far too many Christians today see their salvation in politics. What would happen if instead of looking to the foolishness of the political “process” we instead looked to the altar and were to fall down in prayer and repentance. The time, I believe is long past for a revival of what the old timers called “true religion.” That’s right I used the “R” word. With all apologies to modern sensibilities and syntax the term means following after God with all of our “heart, mind, soul, and strength”. (Mark 12:30 et al)