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 Our Attitude Toward Rulers - Richard Wurmbrand

Our Attitude Toward Rulers

Every Christian could take as his motto Shakespeare’s words, “May that thought when I imagine ill against my king and brethren be my last breathing in this mortal world.“

Such loyalty from a citizen puts an obligation on the ruler. Among the Jews, the chosen people, “the king’s upper house [palace] was by the court of the prison” (Nehemiah 3:25). This is the right place for a king to dwell—where he can always have in view how much his sovereignty costs those over whom he rules.

In order for the king to have the majesty and the power of a ruler, others must die in wars under his command. Orphans remain behind. Driven by poverty and lack of education, they end in prison. The king may have neglected to spread morality among his people. His life should remain close to the lowliest of the rejected so he will perceive his kingdom truly.

In biblical Greek, “to rule” and “to feed” are the same word, Poimaino —as a shepherd both tends and feeds his flock. What matters is not how many state banquets the king attends, but how much care he has taken that the hungry be fed.

In Aramean, “Lamb of God,” a name for Jesus, is talya Aeloha, which also means “servant of God.” The king can be the first servant of a country only if he has the character of a lamb.

Unfortunately, not all Jewish kings had this character. Solomon, although his might as a religious poet is undenied, as king is remembered for two things: his many wives and concubines, and his love of luxury. The heathen king Hammurabi is known in history for his righteous laws; likewise the Indian king Asoka. But not Solomon.

How did he administrate his country? What was his economic policy? What were the relationships between the different classes of the population? Did he provide for charity? Were his judgments righteous or abusive?

His son Rehoboam said to the people that his father loaded them with a heavy “yoke” and chastised them with “whips” (1 Kings 12:14). When you read about the Roman Cæsars, some French and English kings, Hitler, or Stalin, a shudder passes through you. Good rulers have always been the rare exception.

If the ruler does not fulfill his duty, the believing citizen must review his attitude. Every nation has a ruler. The ruler must be subject to God. Then the believer must obey the highest authority.

Let us remember that Elijah resisted arrest (2 Kings 1:10), bringing death upon the officers of an unrighteous king.

The Christian is a loyal citizen of a country, but not a bootlicker of tyrants.


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