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Living With a King
by Zeal Clark
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Old Testament Scriptures reveal to us that the Jews were God's chosen people. Not fully understanding the significance of this, some modern-day Christians have a problem with the fact that God would select one race of people above the others. But what they fail to realize, or accept, is that God, the creator of all, had the right to choose whichever race He wished, above the others.

More importantly, many fail to understand that God chose the Jews not only as a special people, but to serve as an example of what he wanted for all the nations on earth. This placed an extreme burden on the Jews, as they lived with the expectation of demonstrating to the world the possibility and the benefits of a close relationship with our Creator. Realizing the extent of what God expected of the Jews should minimize the feelings of jealousy or resentment that many feel toward the Jews as God's Chosen People.

The Old Testament Book of Judges describes how the Jews were being led by God through judges. This was God's plan for these judges and His prophets to serve as His means of communication with His people and through which to issue His instructions and assurances of His presence with and His protections over them.

Then in the Book of I Samuel, when Samuel was a prophet for the Jews, it describes how the Jews, after observing the other nations around them, decided they wanted a king to rule over them, as was the custom with other nations. Interpreting this as a rejection of his role as prophet to the Jews, and realizing this would not be acceptable to God, Samuel prayed to God about the problem. God told Samuel that it wasn't him, Samuel, they were rejecting, but that they were rejecting Him, God, as their leader and provider of their needs. God told Samuel to let them have their king, but to warn them that their king would put them under a form of usury and slavery, and would lead them into disobedience toward Him.

When Samuel delivered God's message to the Jews he explained further that when they were placed under bondage to a king and cried out to God, God would not hear them. Despite this warning, they replied that they still wanted a king to rule over them.

This rejection of God's plan for the Jews is described in I Samuel 8:18-21:

18 "And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the LORD will not hear you in that day."

19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, "No, but we will have a king over us, 20 that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles."

21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he repeated them in the hearing of the LORD.

22 So the LORD said to Samuel, "Heed their voice, and make them a king." NKJV

So Samuel anointed Saul to be their first king. He was followed by David, and then Solomon, and eventually many other kings. And just as God had warned, the Jews were led into such disobedience of God's Will by these kings that they were eventually taken into captivity by their enemies. Israel was taken into captivity by the Assyrians and Judah was taken into captivity by the Babylonians. This rejection of God as their source of leadership led to a history of hardship for Jews, much of which still continues today.

Today America finds itself in a somewhat similar situation. The first Americans were led by God out of a restrictive environment in Britain that restricted their freedoms, including their freedom to worship God freely. A summary of the injustices against them by their king are included in The Declaration of Independence established by the Original 13 Colonies. One needs only to read this to understand the unrestricted powers of a king.

Following their escape from Britain the first Americans were given protection and victories by God that enabled them to establish a nation that provided many freedoms, including the freedom to worship without restrictions. God enabled our founders to establish a Constitution-based form of government by the citizenry that would protect our rights and guarantee that nothing short of leadership-based deception could take away those rights. The original plan was that any changes to our form of government should require a mandate by a majority of well-informed citizens.

However, despite these carefully-devised protections, America's leaders have discovered that with carefully-orchestrated deception, particularly by restricting, structuring and orchestrating the release of information through the media that is designed to deceive, the citizens can be led into accepting changes in our form of government and accept the redefining of our protections provided by our Constitution into a form that actually removes those protections. This enables those in power to carry out their agenda to change our form of government into one that will give us, despite any differences in titles, what is actually a "king". These changes would return America back to what necessitated the original escape from Britain.

America has enjoyed a unique form of government that is quite different from any other nation in history. Our founders were unique in insisting on a government that enabled and empowered the citizens to participate in the decisions that would affect them and their environment. Therefore, America has benefited by a cooperative form of government that included the participation of the people in its decision-making processes. This has resulted in our becoming the greatest nation in history.

In comparison, most other nations in history have existed under a quite different form of government. In nearly all circumstances these forms of government have been under the control of a ruler or dictator, with varying titles, including sometimes being called a "king". In most instances these rulers or dictators, although some have Parliamentary groups, seemingly to give the appearance of representation of the people, execute at will their rule over the citizens of their nations. This usually leaves few means of recourse by the citizens to exercise any meaningful forms of protest against their circumstances or lack of freedoms.

Many of these nations have a form of government that, despite the terminology used, is actually a form of Socialism, which severely restricts the rights of the citizens, while placing full authority in the hands of the ruler and his Parliamentary group of leaders. Supposedly, the advantage of this form of government is that all the citizens will be "equal". What is not admitted is that this equality means "equal in poverty" with no rights to legally protest. What is also not usually admitted is that this is usually the entryway into Communism, an even more restrictive form of government in which all property is owned by the government and the citizens are only allowed to use property at the will of the government.

Considering these restrictive forms of government and the unlimited power that is given to the rulers or dictators, the obvious questions are, "Why is America rushing in this direction?" “Why are the citizens of America enabling our leaders to convert America into a Socialist State, in which all power would be maintained by the Parliament under the control of a ruler, dictator or king?

If the examples of other nations that are under these forms of government are not clear enough, it would seem that remembering the history of the Jews and their decision to live with a king, plus the experiences of the original Americans, would provide enough concerns to cause an outcry throughout America against what is being deceptively forced on the citizens despite the guarantees in our Constitution. While our Congress might be in favor of this conversion, as it would give them additional power as a Parliament, and our President would relish the nearly unlimited power gained by this conversion, the citizenry would suffer drastically under the authority of a "king".

Since many Christians continue to support those leaders whose agendas include a conversion to Socialism, do they actually believe that the history of the Jews, or the history of those original Americans who escaped from Britain to create our form of government, would not be repeated if our nation is to be ruled by a king? Can they not anticipate the hardships and the restrictions on our freedom to worship? Or, does it not matter to them?


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