March 20

1 Samuel 4-8, Psalm 79

Approximately 10 years ago, a young physician, still in training in Pennsylvania felt passionate about the Affordable Care Act proposed by President Obama. He continually sent requests to the U.S. Senator in office at the time to have a meeting to discuss the issue from a physician's point of view. Finally, his request was honored. He nervously went into the senator's office. Immediately after exchanging pleasantries, the senator asked the young physician what he had for him. Not understanding what he meant, he paused, then the senator asked again. When the senator realized that the young physician brought no money with him to influence his decision, he was escorted out. The meeting was over. Though the founders of our nation envisioned a small federal government after seeing the abuses in England, this has changed over the years drastically. Currently, the government spends $2.736 billion dollars totally. This requires more and more of our income in the form of taxes to cover this behemoth spending. Despite the fact that most members of Congress are career politicians, the median net worth of all members is 1 million dollars (896,000 for members of the house, 2.7 million for U.S Senators). The average salary for members of Congress is $174,000. This is not a party issue, this is a government reality. How so many are worth so much with that salary should make all question what happens to our hard earned tax dollars.

Prior to 1 Samuel 8, Israel was a theocracy with God as their king. But we read in 1 Samuel 8:6-7, "But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, "Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them." God being absolute love gives in the abundance of that love. But we read in 1 Samuel 8:10-18, about the qualities of human government and the king they were requesting, "So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked him for a king. And he said, "This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons...He will take your daughters...And he will take the best of your fields...He will take a tenth of your grain...And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to work. He will take a tenth of your sheep...". The recurrent word in the description of the king is that he takes, as opposed to God who gives. God is love and gives. Man lusts after power, money, women, etc and takes.

Many centuries later, seeing the circular nature of history, we see the rising of one nation after another. Each one eventually crumbling under the weight of the lusts of their government and its corruption along with the loss of any moral anchor. Though I truly feel democracy is better than communism, they both take from it's citizens. We may argue along party lines, but both sides in our nation are guilty of taking. Our nation, seeing the corruption in England sought a small federal government, but over the years it has transformed into our current reality. The sad thing is man was not satisfied then nor now with God ruling over their country or their lives. We will not see perfect government again on earth until the Millennial Kingdom, when the theocracy returns, with King Jesus on the throne.

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Marj Lancaster