Originally Posted by NateR
The Apostles weren't kings, they were stewards, there is a huge difference.
As Christians, Christ is our King. No one other king on this planet has any legitimate authority.
The argument is that Christ AS King annoints the ruller. Ergo when a Monarch is crowned they have been annointed, called to rule, in the same way a priest is called to minister. You will no doubt have heard the term "Ordination" in the church relating to the church recognising a persons "calling"
The argument is that when GOD decided to set up a Monarchy in Israel, THAT was HIS chosen form of Government, a Government based on his own rule...which is NOT democratic.
Now I know some of you will go on about how GOD didnt want to set up a Monarchy...however, if you look at Jewish history before that, ever since Moses was called, Ever since the Exodus, there has always been ONE ruller of the nation. They may be called different things, and the Monarchs power may not be 100percent across the board, but each time the nation sinned GOD "raised up" someone who could streer the nation back on course, and that was never a Government. It was a "Judge" or it was a "king"
So the argument logically follows, that if GOD has ordained someone to Rule, what does it say if you reject that person? Have you not be default rejected GOD?? It would appear that you make a similar mistake to the Jews who Rejected Christ...and that was taken by The Lord as a Rejection of the entire Trinity.
You may not aggree, but its a VERY valid argument, and sooooo many Christians would do well to focus on the fact that GOD is not some President that has to listen to his people. In terms of GOD, you do not lead, and you are not incharge. Its frightfully simple, a clear heirachy. THAT is part of his Nature for he couldnt be GOD if he was not all powerful, and singular wholistically.
Now, that type of Governing is polar opposite to almost everything the western world claims is morally good. Yet that is how it is. In essence, Christ is not ellected, is under no obligation to serve his people, has absolute power, and govens on his own, under his own regulations.
Imagine the horror of some Christians when Christ returns and takes authority of Jerusalem sometime into the future. There will be no vote, and there will be no choice for the inhabitants.
IF He serves it is because he wants to, not because he has to
IF He invites it is because he wants to, not because he has to
If he shows any mercy, or Freedom, it is by his personal choice alone.