When There is No King

Judges 21:25  In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

This is one piece of scripture that must be held in the backdrop of every part of our lives. This verse teaches us how dangerous it can become when we operate outside of those that have authority over us. When there is no authority then there will be complete chaos. Doing what is right in our own eyes is a very dangerous practice. More and more people through humanistic influence are operating with the philosophy: “I do not see anything wrong with this.” When there is no “king” or “authority” in our lives then we will live in a state of lawlessness. Lawlessness is sin.

God has instituted government as a means of maintaining order and preventing lawlessness. Recently we have seen what has happened in the major cities of our country when people operate in a state of lawlessness. Riots, murder, theft, vandalism, and violence take place when governments refuse to do what God has instituted them to do. If we read Romans 13 properly we understand that God’s purpose for government is to insight terror on that which is evil and praise on that which is good. The problem I am seeing within our country is people are being punished for doing what is right and praised for doing what is evil. For example, one couple stood on their own property with guns in order to protect their property and lives, never fired a shot, and now is facing criminal charges. We need government. I am going to say that whether it is a dictatorship or democracy we need government authorities in order to maintain order or else people will do whatever they want to do. I want to go a step further and say we need bosses, leaders, teachers, and especially parents as authorities in our lives. I personally believe that what is needed more than anything are parents operating as authorities and not friends. Ultimately, without authority we will live in a state of lawlessness which leads to the practice, promotion, and praise of sinful living.

God gives and institutes authority in our lives. However, God and His word is our ultimate authority. Our allegiance to God is to be submissive to those God has placed over us. There are times when that submission to God will override the rules and mandates of Government. When our government starts placing demands on us that hinder worship, evangelism, and the equipping of the saints then it has overstepped its God-ordained boundaries. Our obedience to God will not promote riots or protests. Our obedience to God will humbly state: “I must obey God rather than man.” and then walk in that obedience with an understanding that consequences could ensue.