Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Kings and Other Despots

Back in the day, there was a concept known as the "Divine Right of Kings". This meant that if you happened to be lucky enough to be born into the right family, you got to rule - no questions asked.

You got to do and say whatever you pleased and no-one had the right to challenge you. You got to dictate to others how they lived and what they believed.

You had God himself in your back pocket!

Today, there are still some people who think they are entitled to power, privilege and respect with no questions tolerated. Many of them call themselves "pastors".

The only difference I can see is that these days dissenters aren't beheaded.

They are hounded from churches and shunned. They are discredited and silenced. And they are threatened with legal action.

And for too many people, this is normal christianity!

But as the exposure of scandal and abuse in the 'church' increases...

and the appalling hubris of 'pastor' after 'pastor' is revealed... 

I think about the only King who truly had 'divine right' on his side. 

And I thank God, that he chose to give up that right.

That he chose to humble himself. 

That he chose to serve.

(Luke 22:24-27)

2 comments:

  1. Living Liminal

    Well said...
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    The only difference I can see is that these days dissenters aren't beheaded.

    They are hounded from churches and shunned.
    They are discredited and silenced.
    And they are threatened with legal action.

    And for too many people, this is normal christianity!

    But as the exposure of scandal and abuse in the 'church' increases...

    and the appalling hubris of 'pastor' after 'pastor' is revealed...
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    Yeah - pastors. :-(
    I’ve been banned from a few blogs for “just” asking some questions. ;-)
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    Pastors??? Church Leaders???

    Do these guys really believe the Bible?

    Hasn’t anyone ever wondered? Why? In the Bible?
    NOT one of His Disciples called themself - pastor/leader/reverend?
    NOT one of His Disciples called another Disciple - pastor/leader/reverend?
    NOT one of His Disciples had the “Title/Position” - pastor/leader/reverend?
    NOT one Disciple of Jesus, was “Hired or Fired,” as a - pastor/leader/reverend?

    Seems Jesus taught His Disciples - NOT to be called “Leader.”
    For you have “ONE” Leader - Jesus. And NONE did. ;-)
    ALL His Disciples called themselves “Servants.”

    Mat 23:10-12 NASB - New American Standard Bible
    Do NOT be called leaders; for “ONE” is your Leader, that is, Christ.
    But the greatest among you shall be your “Servant.”
    Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled;
    and whoever **humbles himself** shall be exalted.

    Humble - A modest or low estimate of ones own importance.

    Know many “pastor/leaders” today...
    With a “low estimate of their own importance?” ;-)

    If someone calls themself “pastor/leader?”
    If someone allows others to call them “pastor/leader?”

    Are they one of His Disciples? ;-)
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    Yeah - Do today’s “pastor/leaders” really believe the Bible?

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    1. "Do today’s “pastor/leaders” really believe the Bible?"

      Well it would seem they skip over that bit, at least! :P

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