Scripture reading: Luke 1:32-33
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
Who came from God breaking into his universe? Luke tells us he is a king. Three words point to his kingship: “throne,” “reign” and “kingdom.”
What makes this controversial is that Americans like democracy, not kingdoms. Saudi Arabia is not an attractive system to us. The world is moving toward democracy; it’s what we fought for in Iraq. Rule by a king is a more primitive form of government, isn’t it? Demo-cracies are more ad-vanced, more developed, more suitable for the modern world. This is where history is going— democracy, not kingdom. Right?
The only reason that kingship is not attractive to us is because in this age, the only kings available are finite and sinful.
Listen to C. S. Lewis: “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. I don’t deserve a share in governing a hen-roost, much less a nation. The real reason for democracy is that mankind is fallen; no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves yet I see no men fit to be masters.”
But If there were a king who was not limited in wisdom, power, goodness and love for his subjects, then monarchy would be the best of all governments. If such a ruler could ever rise in the world — with no weakness of judgment, no lack of wisdom, and no sin — then no wise and humble person would ever want democracy again. And it would mean that your joy will be best served by submitting to his kingship.
Here’s another way of thinking about it: What difference would it make in your thinking and how you viewed your circumstance if you served an all-powerful and infinitely wise God who loved you?
Henry Beaulieu is associate pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Statesboro.