As some of the issues we are dealing with started to occur, I had originally wondered if they represented a new strategy to divide God’s people. But upon further reflection, I have come to wonder if we are not seeing a repeating theme – and one that has repeated throughout the history of mankind.
The theme is deceptively simple – who will be your King or ruler? This has been an issue for Gods people and it seems it still is.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam rejected the Eternal and took it upon Himself to be to be the ruler – as Satan said “to be like God”. When Moses was on Mt. Horeb, the people made their own god, a golden calf they could see and touch, they wanted to have something ruling them that they could see and touch. During Samuel’s life, Israel rejected the Eternal as ruler because they wanted their own physical king. Even in modern times we see the same pattern. In Worldwide, one of the reasons the deception proved so powerful with Mr. Tkach is that many looked to a man to give them guidance and direction and not the head of the Church. The examples could go on and on.
Submission to each other requires that we look to the Father and His Son Jesus Christ who are greater than we are for direction and Their will in our life – in marriage, in church government, in relationships and in how we generally live our lives. Maybe one of the real questions the Father has put before us yet again is – who will be our King and Ruler?
The issue lies not just with the one or ones who want(s) to be in authority and rule over others, but also the desire/need to be ruled by anyone or anything other than the Father and Christ. Now maybe we have a chance to get it right.
By Matt King