No King But Caesar
With the mob clamoring for Jesus’ blood, Pilate made one last try to get Him off. “Shall I crucify your king?” he asked. And the crowd answered, “We have no king but Caesar” (John 19:15).
This is the great question that has towered over us ever since: who is to be sovereign on the earth? Almighty, all-wise, and all-righteous God, who created us and loves us—or a lot of sinners who don’t know a tenth as much as they think they know?
“Oh, but we have to be sovereign,” say the humanists, “because God does not exist!” “It is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves,” says the Bible (Psalm 100:2). But the reply is, “Nobody made us—we just evolved!” If there is no Creator, then we have to be sovereign: and some a great deal more than others.
And so the “Science is Real” crowd, when they’re not busy yelling “Crucify him!”, tries to dispossess God as the Creator. There is no creator, they proclaim; they by now they have themselves evolved to the point where they can “direct the course of human evolution”. From now on, they and their Science will function as Creator.
They immediately collide again with the Bible. “Male and female created He them” (Genesis 1:27) is another verse that asserts God’s claim to sovereignty. But what if they can prove that “male” or “female” is only a fleeting state of mind—that “assigned gender” can and should be changed? Shoot a woman full of male hormones, make her grow a beard, and voila!—she’s a “man.” A newly-created man. And welcome to the Island of Dr. Moreau.
“Ye shall be as gods, knowing [deciding] good and evil [for yourselves]” (Genesis 3:5). That was the serpent’s sales pitch, and Eve bought it.
So you don’t even need the hormones and the surgery. All a man has to do is *say* he’s a “woman,” and if you live in Canada, you can literally be sent to jail for using the “wrong” pronoun. Isn’t it amazing that there are people who think this is a good idea?
Man’s absolute sovereignty over everything has always proved tricky to accomplish. First you have to decide whether sovereignty shall reside in every individual, or in the State.
“Everyone is sovereign”—well, that won’t work, will it? You’d just have chaos. No: sovereignty must only be exercised, for the good of all, by the smartest people in the world. Their tool for that would be the State, a thing—if it even is a thing—they’ve created themselves. But that’ll work just fine, because the State will have Science to show its ministers the way. And there can be no sovereignty that does not belong to the State, and no authority but whatever Science says.
The result is, the servants of the state, the chosen few, are sitting pretty while everybody else is crushed beneath its wheels. Hence the 20th century’s panoply of concentration camps, mass graves, purge trials, and man-made famines when collectivist schemes don’t work out as scientifically as hoped.
The God-wannabes labor to bring the world under a single government, owned and operated by themselves, which will—they promise!—make everybody equal, Save The Planet from the scourge of Global Warming, establish Social Justice on a planetary scale, and do away with everything that makes us sad. And if you don’t believe it, there’s a jail cell with your name on it.
God’s sovereignty—with the same laws for all, and partial sovereignty delegated downward to the individual, the family, to churches, communities, the workplace, and the civil government (Romans 13)—is what we were created for: and what we will have, when Christ returns to exercise His crown rights on the earth.
But first man’s flawed and evil sovereignty must be rejected.
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