The Psalm writer wrote: Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. As we come before a Holy God and hear his word, may we have eyes open to the wonderful and fearful things from his law. May it move us to repent and seek forgiveness, fear disobedience, and live in light of the grace we have received. This is the word of God. It is eternally true and applicable for all of life.
Proverbs 20:1-10. Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise. The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life. Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel. The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing. A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out. Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man? A righteous man who walks in his integrity-How blessed are his sons after him. A king who sits on the throne of justice Disperses all evil with his eyes. Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin”? Differing weights and differing measures, Both of them are abominable to the Lord.
Do you hate masks?
Do you hate the hypocrisy of a government who murders babies and celebrates sodomy on one hand, and says you must wear a mask to promote health and well being on the other?
Do you hate that the only information about Covid-19 you have been given has likely come from the media, a known cesspool of lies and propaganda, and second hand testimony, rather than your own family doctor?
Do you hate how it seems, it feels, as if your rights are being trampled, your personal freedoms are being curtailed, all the while you are essentially being told to sit down and shut up, as if you were a small child who is oblivious to the workings of the world around you?
I hate all of these things, and probably for the same reason you hate them: I do not like being told what to do. I recoil at the thought of authority. I reject the notion that there are things outside of my comprehension. I generally stand as the sole authority of what’s best for me and my house, I don’t need no slimy politician a thousand mile away writing up edicts, putting his little signet ring seal on it, and telling me what to do.
Isn’t that us?
It goes deeper.
Churchgoers generally don’t like it when Pastors and Elders tell them what to do.
Men don’t like it when other men tell them what to do.
Wives don’t like it when their husbands tell them what to do.
Children don’t like being told “do this, don’t do that”, by their parents.
As fallen sons and daughters of Adam enslaved to their sin, or Children of the Most High who fight against our indwelt sin, the fact remains: we hate authority.
We buck up against it at every turn.
The speed limit is 65, we cruise at 72, because everyone else is doing it, and the police officer can’t ticket us all. We take that second or third glance at the scantily clad woman in walmart or the image on our cell phone. We wear our mask just slightly below the nose, because it at least gives the appearance of compliance, though in our hearts we rage. Your child, after being told not to cross some imaginary line, puts their toe on it, staring you down all the while, daring you to do something about it. Parents, how does that make you feel when your child does that? When your child, right to your face, defies an order, does that leave you all giddy inside, or do you find yourself having to count to ten?
Brothers and sisters, the governing authorities are meant to be a terror for evildoers, not the good. Their role is to punish evil and reward good, and yet frequently, because the God given authority to do this rests with fallen men in this fallen world, there will be sin, mistakes, inconsistencies, wrong decisions, ill intentions, and downright evil done by authorities against citizens. Just like the parent who witnesses their child behaving defiantly in the face of a lawful command, so Kings, Governors, Presidents, Mayors, employers, and Pastors may become enraged at defiance against the lawful edicts issued within their spheres of authority. A discussion could definitely be had regarding “What is a lawful order” in the different spheres of governing, but that isn’t what this is.
The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.
Wherever you fall on the spectrum of belief regarding Covid, it’s transmission rates and mode of being spread, whether you believe the masks are useless or not, or whether you think this is one big, overblown, NWO attempt to slap us all in mask shackles and force vaccines, this biblical reality remains:
As Christians we are called to obey God all the way to the chopping block and into the grave if necessary, even submitting to edicts we do not like, prefer, or may be found to be completely fallacious, and to do otherwise is an attempt to take a path contrary to the path Christ took. Christ is the spotless, perfect, Lamb of God, and His followers must die to self, take up their cross, and follow Him. The only One in the history of all creation Who had an absolute right to raise His hand and cry foul, yet He opened not His mouth. The LORD Jesus went to the cross Holy, and blameless, the recipient of the greatest injustice of all time,punished for being righteous, and here we stand: worms deserving of death, crying about our rights, rebelling against authority and edicts which to this point have not ordered you and I to sin, and in our rebellion, risk suffering as rebels against authority. May scripture remind us that rebellion is as witchcraft, and is worthy of death.
So what must our response be?
Clearly, if God by His ordaining hand has given us rulers who seek to oppress through decrees, as Christians, we must view this not as punishment, but rather the discipline of a Father to a son. Rather than running from the correction, hiding in the bushes with Adam, and finger pointing, let us recognize that all things, even Covid decrees, are meant for our ultimate good, and let us repent. Let us submit joyfully as the world of pagans weep and gnash their teeth. Let us be an example of patience enduring hardness as good soldiers of Christ, avoiding the wrath of the authorities if at all possible, praying for their repentance and favor that we may live peaceful lives.
Let us stand ready for that day when the world demands we reject Christ, and then be prepared to say with a clear conscience: We must obey God rather than men.
Let us recognize that our Church fathers, your Pastor, elders, and other men of the faith, may not all arrive at the same conclusions, at the same time, on every issue. In light of this, even though you may disagree with decisions regarding masks, or other issues, as they preach the word and imitate Christ, give them the benefit of the doubt. Allow for disagreement, recognizing that your Pastor has had the mantle of leadership placed upon him, and it is he who must answer to God for how he tends the sheep entrusted to him. Let us show our Pastor the same grace we wish our children to show us as parents, knowing full well that not every decision we hand down will sit well, make sense, and be without sin.
At this time, if you are able, let us kneel and confess our sins before our Creator.
THOU MAKER AND SUSTAINER OF ALL THINGS
Day and night are thine, heaven and earth declare thy glory; but I, a creature of thy power and bounty, have sinned against thee by resisting the dictates of conscience, the demands of thy law, the calls of thy gospel; yet I live under the dispensation of a given hope.
Deliver me from worldly dispositions, for I am born from above and bound for glory.
May I view and long after holiness as the beauty and dignity of the soul. Let me never slumber, never lose my assurance, never fail to wear armour when passing through enemy land. Fit me for every scene and circumstance; Stay my mind upon thee and turn my trials to blessings, that they may draw out my gratitude and praise as I see their design and effects.
Render my obedience to thy will holy, natural, and delightful. Rectify all my principles by clear, consistent, and influential views of divine truth. Let me never undervalue or neglect any partof thy revealed will. May I duly regard the doctrine and practice of the gospel, prizing its commands as well as its promises. Sanctify me in every relation, office, transaction and condition of life, that if I prosper I may not be unduly exalted, if I suffer I may not be over-sorrowful. Balance my mind in all varying circumstances and help me to cultivate a disposition that renders every duty a spiritual privilege. Thus may I be content, be a glory to thee and an example to others.
In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
Please stand and listen to the comforting assurance of the grace of God, promised in the gospel to all that believe:
And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. | 1 Peter 2:24-25
To all those who thus repent and seek Jesus Christ for their salvation, your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Lift up your hearts!
(From the 07/26/2020 liturgy of Sovereign King Church written by Aaron Sabie.)