… The head of every man is Christ … (I Corinthians 11:3).
When someone else comes in between a man and his true Head (Christ the Lord) as some intermediary authority, that entity assumes portions of the roles belonging to each. Such an authority relieves a man of the responsibility God gave to the individual. In turn, such authority then denies God His direct authority over the man.
I Will Have One Doctrine and One Discipline: The Influence of Religion and Politics on the King James Bible
Bible Student’s Press™, 2008
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We cannot in this distracting world be pressed into His arms and ways of perfect love except by experiencing in some devastating way what seems cruel and wrong and “why should it happen to me” kind of thing … only by some forms of suffering or humiliation which don’t seem fair or kind to us.
Then we learn that accepting wrongs done us or unfair treatment is what roots us down and fixes us in daring to believe that everything that happens to me has been perfectly determined by my God of perfect love.
By this means I get my practice in “seeing through” to HIM ONLY in ALL things, even when I can’t at first see why. Then as I am fixed in a loving God in all my affairs and self, I can equally be fixed in seeing Him at His love-work in all people and things, including the one who has wronged me – and I am not afraid. I don’t have to go round and protect myself for the future. No. God has me in His hands and everything that touches me is meant by Him.
Norman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Knight of Faith, Volume I
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This time of year we hear political activists proclaiming that “The world is run by those who show up.” Contrary to the religion of nationalism it’s God who runs the world. Nebuchadnezzar learned this lesson the hard way. He had foolishly boasted,
Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my might and power and for the glory of my majesty? (Daniel 4:20).
Yet the proud king was forced to eat grass like a beast to teach him that the Most High is indeed sovereign over the kingdoms of men, and He gives them to whomever He wills (Daniel 4:25). Here is the difficult lesson that Nebuchadnezzar learned:
The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone He wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men (Daniel 4:17).
Don’t believe a word of it: the world is not run by those who show up. Running the world is firmly in God’s sovereign hand. Let’s not be so arrogant as to think that He’s about to give it up at the ballot box.
Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
World Affairs and National Politics (2012), Bible Student’s Press™