I was thinking of this passage the other day probably because of a scene in The History Channel’s series on the Bible.
…Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. (1 Samuel 8:5-7 ESV)
The people of Israel wanted to be like all the nations and have a king. The prophet and judge Samuel recognizes the demand as folly and does not like it but God says to Samuel, give them what they want and don’t take it personally because the people are actually rejecting me.
Rejection of God as the ruling force in people’s lives is not unique to Old Testament Israel. In our own semi-Christianized culture the rejection of God as Creator and Ruler is widespread and the evidence is everywhere.
In our country the State reigns supreme in practice which is why the California Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is now being debated in the Supreme Court. If God were supreme then one of the primary purposes of marriage would end the debate.
God said this:
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:27-28 ESV)
If a person (big if) takes Scripture seriously we see that God created male and female and told the male and female to be fruitful and multiply something that only a male and female can do.
That fact that DOMA is being judged by the Supreme Court judges illustrates, no matter which way it goes that the highest authority in the land is the king, as represented in the US by the President, Congress and in the final analysis, the Supreme Court.
Personally, I think that even if DOMA stands it will only be a matter of time until “the people” get what they want. As it goes now Progressives and some, maybe most, Economic Conservatives are working overtime to redefine the family in their own eyes, apart from the rather obvious created order. (Even an evolutionist gets that homosexual couples cannot procreate.)
The people of Israel got their wish. They got a king but they also received a warning from the prophet and judge Samuel:
So Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking for a king from him. He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.” (1 Samuel 8:10-15; 1 Samuel 8:16-18 ESV)
When the law of man trumps the natural created order there will be consequences of that we can be sure.