If I Ruled the World
Tony Bennett sang a song entitled:
If I ruled the world.
And in fact the lyrics espouse some nice results of the kind of rulership, he sings about.
But there is another kind of rulership: where
every member of the human race would be – without any individual volition – and subservient to the person who ruled.
If this ruler had supreme control over every person, over every wish, desire and aspiration his subjects had, and they were ruled – as the inventor rules his robotic creation, – then that would be a picture of ‘ruling’ by imposition of slavery, tyranny, and dictatorship of the worst kind. Unless we were robots of course.
If the above ‘definition’ was the best, true, and only possible definition of rulership, it would mean that regardless of the will of any other creature – the ‘ruler’s’ will, would be done, continuously, without fail.
Individual choice of the will of His creation would not come into it. Not if this total rule and domination was in place and represented true rulership.
All would be pre-programmed to obey.
We know there have been countless tyrants who interpreted rulership and tried to impose it in this way.
But no one has the power or right to rule in this evil and total sense, not while human beings have the power of volition.
Not even God Himself has chosen to rule in this way. Simply because he has made man to have freedom of choice, and He expects Him to use discernment and use his freewill to choose what is best or right.
That man – has freedom of choice – is easily demonstrated by whether someone at the dinner table when asked to pass the salt does so or not. It’s a matter of choice.
Of course God could have made man as a ‘flesh and blood’ robot – programmed to do only what God decided. Programmed in such a way that an independent thought was an unknown phenomena. Automation in other words.
But can we see how ridiculous this would be?
To say the least would He (God) not get bored?
Where is two-way relationship in this?
Now I’m aware that these thoughts can lead into Theological discussions of the sort that include a label for every nuance of position that one can take, on freedom of choice and the sovereignty of God.
But for us lesser mortals – I’m simply looking for a starting point to establish the truth, that God created us with a free will. He will not remove this ability. He can overrule or impose His will because He is bigger and more powerful than we. Goes without saying.
But He wants us to see that God is good, and that He rewards (firstly with Himself) those who diligently seek Him. But heh! – you and I are free not to do so. That’s the deal with having this free will.
God can impose His will, regardless of the choices we make. He’s Almighty. And He will come to a proper ‘final whistle’ judgement of the world. But He made us free moral agents – in the hope that we would choose Him and His ways. That’s why He woos us in love before our free will ends (i.e. as we know it now), at the end of this life.
Rebellion must eventually be stopped, when the sands of time run out. If He is to show Agape love for His creation, – in goodness – God must destroy what destroys.
There are consequences to using our free moral choice to violate His clear moral commands. We can live with/in these moral principles or die in our rebellion against them.
1 Timothy 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
In the four lines just quoted there is a departure from the words of man (mine) to the words that will never pass away. Heaven and earth will pass away, but these words will never pass away.
And we are told God was manifest – made to be seen – His very nature and person – in the body He clothed Himself with, becoming a man. The God-man Jesus Christ.
If God is impossible to know personally – in a living relationship, – we can ‘suppose/presume’ he has any old name, and therefore is the God, every cult or religion follows. We can conclude we all worship the same god.
For many this is a lovely idea. Meaning unity at last, in some kind of ‘world religion’. Helping us all live in some kind of pseudo harmony. But the fact remains – God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, and there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we can find our way back to God the Father (Jehovah). The name of Jesus is that name.
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Knowing Christ, starts with a choice of our freewill. God will not ‘programme’ us without our permission. He is not a tyrant, dictator, or uncaring megalomaniac. He took care of every conceivable problem, by taking care of the root cause – sin. Taken care of, at the cross of calvary in the Person and death of The Lord Jesus Christ.
However we need our eyes opened to this great fact and act accordingly, otherwise the victory of the cross will not avail – for those who do not wish to know.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Sinners become righteous in His sight when they turn themselves over to Him in faith, and invite Him into their lives through prayer.
However God given free-will can be rendered immobile by intellectual reasoning that departs from the Bible. So that uncertainty prevails to the suspension of right conclusions, and choices, through intellectual uncertainty.
Man as a result of departure from the infinite ‘intellect’ of God Himself revealed in scripture, consequently, has no certainties to rest his mind upon.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
We have a choice to make. Whether to take God in the person of His Son Jesus Christ, or choose to withdraw our permission from Him, when He seeks to enter our life in a greater way than ever before, – before we die.
We have all made wrong choices*. How wonderful it is to choose to go and tell the supreme champion of the universe about that fact*. And receive His forgiveness.