We Have No King But Jesus

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.” (Proverbs 21:1)

There is much anxiety, frustration, and hopelessness in the American public as a result of the current political campaign of this Presidential election cycle. I am not called to be a politician and to be honest I have no King but Jesus. That does not mean that I will forsake my duty to vote. I will vote but only as my prayers lead me to choose seeking God’s will. The sad question that travels through my mind is this the best that America can offer to the electorate? I will be satisfied when November 9 arrives so that I do not have to poison my mind each day with corrupt political chatter.

Many in the arena have made foolish predictions as to the result if this one or that one wins the Presidency. I have heard both predicting doom and gloom and I am saddened by their misplaced hope. Democracy is a wonderful form of government but its end is no different than any other in the measure of God’s will. “It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.” (Daniel 2:21) All men are here but for a wisp of time but God is everlasting and is sovereign before the beginning and will rule throughout eternity. We pray each day that that His will be done and it will. God is faithful and true, proven from the past and assured for the future. The question for us is are we in His will?

History will continue to unfold according to the predestined will of God and in the measure of eternity neither candidate will change its course. We are in this world and the god of this world has blinded the hearts of the many, “In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) They travel a wide road and it leads to the pit of destruction. Few will find the narrow path that leads to life everlasting. (Matthew 7:13-14)

I need not worry who is President as God will control the heart to work His plan and purpose for our nation and those of us who humble ourselves, repent, and seek His face will know that in the end we will see His glory. God humbled the heart of King Nebuchadnezzar that His will be dome. God stirred the heart of Cyrus that God’s people could return to Israel after seventy years in exile. God will mold the heart to His will for our new President in January. “The kingdom is the Lord’s, and He rules over the nations” (Psalms 22:28).

When the result of the vote comes known we will have no reason to fall off into a depressive state. We have no need to be in constant complaint of the outcome. Ours is to pray that their hearts may abide in the sovereign rule of God’s will. Pray that they may seek the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Pray that God will grant them wisdom to rule our land in compassion and justice. And we are to pray that we are obedient to His Word. “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” (Romans 13:1)

Let us explore Church history and see how God has moved men to great deeds against ungodly rulers of the past. Men who held to their devotion and allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ as their rightful and only King. Rulers of government that have demanded the allegiance of their subjects and denied the God-given rights of personal liberty. Enforced their political philosophy and twisted religious beliefs upon them.

In the first century Church the Jewish order and the Roman political system tried to stop the Apostles of their proclamation that Jesus was the only Lord and Savior. Peter declared in his first sermon, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ–this Jesus whom you crucified.” (Acts 2:36) Again when Peter and John were arrested and came before the Jewish leadership Peter again testified, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) The Romans worshiped Caesar as their god and savior and charged the Apostles as being atheist. The Romans and the Jews both tried to enforce ungodly rule upon them but Peter declared “But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29 Gamaliel a respected scholar of the day warned them to let the Apostles alone and they were released.

In 1560 the national religion of Scotland was the Reform Faith. Then in 1603 James VI of Scotland became James I of England. In 1618 James I tried to conform the Scottish Churches to the beliefs of the Anglican Church and was continued by his son Charles I in 1625. The Presbyterians from Scotland rejected this use of state power over their religious beliefs and signed a covenant in 1638 declaring independence from state religion. In 1643 they signed another covenant pledging their allegiance to Jesus Christ only. This was in opposition to the Divine Rights of Kings and they declared that sovereignty belongs only to God.

These view brought strong opposition from King Charles II in 1662. He outlawed the Presbyterians and stated that their covenants were illegal. Because of their loyalty to God as the only sovereign he declared them as rebels to the state. The Scottish Presbyterian preachers were driven from their pulpits and they preached in the fields. Thousands of them were hunted down and jailed, tortured, and killed without trial. In the face of this persecution they met their attackers waving banners which read,  “FOR THE WORD OF GOD AND THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS’ and “FOR CHRIST’S CROWN AND COVENANT.” A Remnant of 200 in May of 1685 continued to proclaim their faith stating, “LET KING JESUS REIGN, AND ALL HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED!”

The Puritans also believed in the sovereignty of God. Their belief was that the sovereign God created the state and it was from God that the state received its power to govern. The king was a minister of God and by His grace executed the laws of God among the people. By this responsibility of the state a positive environment should be maintained for the preaching of the gospel. By his rule the people of God could live individually and corporately a life that was fully Christian.

This Christian doctrine and the Lordship of Jesus Christ as foremost in the minds of many patriots prior to the American Revolution against King George III. In Marlborough, Ma. It was proclaimed in January 1773 that “Death is more eligible than slavery. A free-born people are not required by the religion of Jesus Christ to submit to tyranny … (we) implore the Ruler above the skies, that He would make bare His arm in defense of His Church and people, and let Israel go.” (“The Light and the Glory” by Peter Marshall and David Manuel)

This call came from the pulpit and into the town halls and rose to cries for liberty. From the average colonist raised his voice for independence from King George III. The governors remained loyal to the King as they admitted to the voice of the Americans. “If you ask an American, who is his master? He will tell you he has none, nor any governor but Jesus Christ.” (“The Myth of Separation” by David Barton)  This sentiment may have been the root of the phrase “NO KING BUT KING JESUS.”

In April of 1775 Sam Adams and John Hancock were staying at the home of Pastor Jonas Clarke. Pastor Clarke was a Lexington pastor and militia leader. That very night Paul Revere arrived to warn them that the British Redcoats were approaching. In the morning British Major Pitcairn ordered the Minutemen to disperse saying, “Disperse, ye villains, lay down your arms in the name of George the Sovereign King of England.” The Response from the company of Pastor Jonas Clarke was, “We recognize no Sovereign but God and no King but Jesus.”

Our nation is now at a critical time, a time when the saints of God must give their total allegiance to the Kingship of our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. We should renew our battle cry from our history past. “WE HAVE NO KING BUT KING JESUS!” This nation was not founded on religionist but by Christians. To quote an American hero Patrick Henry, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!”   

This then is the battel cry of the Christian Church. “And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:16)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, October 14, 2016

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