POEM: If I Were King

If I were king of the world
My first official act
Would be to resign as king

It is a common fantasy to be a powerful ruler so that you could enact your will over others.  This short poem is a simple, straightforward, and absolute condemnation of such “Lording over” others.  This is a variant on the theme of absolute corrupting absolutely. The to use such great is strong, even if for just a little while, to get a few very important things done.  The essential problem is that any monarchical will over others cannot escape the larger that a mass veto of the masses’ will is inherently anti-democratic, even if done with perfect motives.  Surely a beneficent king is better than a cruel and king.  Nonetheless, monarchical is inherently illegitimate; that is if you ascribe to and of the people.  The point is not to have monarchical rule!

I suspect that I will never have to deal directly with the of being king.  Still, the sin of “Lording over” others exists at both large and small scales, and we all confront such temptations.  For Christians, even the “Lord” didn’t “Lord over” others.  Instead, was a servant leader, leading by example as a servant.  Though this seems to be a lesson oft forgotten by many Christians.

incarnated ’s as a host ever-inviting others into fuller and more mature , which are dynamic and respectful (reverent).  ’s edicts, as contained in the of , are a framework within which to these , and these are “subjects” to ’s will and .  Legalisms, which make easy prey of any ideological system, are not the end of “good governance.”  Whether mistaking the sum total of as the laws of discernible through , or the legalisms of or elites, we should not make the mistake of worshiping the created over the creator.  Reducing to a set of is deeply pathetic, imprisoning the Creator in a box and pinning ourselves to design specs falling far short of our full capabilities.  God is more, and so are we.  May you the “moreness” of God and yourself, in an ever-deeper and maturing way.

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