Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton
In a governing paradox, our western culture promotes self-government and individuality, yet remains coolly suspicious with unmasked distrust of external authority. Donald Trump has become the icon of the angry American. Perhaps, we feel betrayed. Perhaps, the American dream is the latent pumpkin that never quite morphed into the bedazzled carriage sent to transport us to the Prince’s ball.
Racial tensions are taut and pregnant, economic pain births greater inequality, college debt pushes against career investment, families struggle, commitment becomes harder, and greed still seems to win. The Nobel Prize winner and Princeton economist Dr. Angus Deaton while being interviewed concerning the rising all-cause mortality of middle-aged whites suggested that this segment of the population “have lost the narrative of their lives.”
The New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman wrote this in response, “Or to put it a bit differently, we’re looking at people who were raised to believe in the American Dream, and are coping badly with its failure to come true.” Is it just a mere illusion, a figment of imagination, to believe that power was meant to extend justice?
Abuse of authority breeds the cynic.
But, let’s suppose you deal with a ruling leader who executes perfect justice and integrity. What if there would be that One? One who never miscarries justice and cannot be deceived. One who will not be bought for a price. One who will not be perverted through power’s spell. One who will not force peace with a gun?
Would we be comfortable with such a just authority?
Absolute authority with absolute justice.
Injustice is not merely the result of social structures and systems. The heart betrays a man. Justice emerges from purity.
What if a life narrative did exist that could not be corrupted by the deceitful heart?
A babe was born Lord at his birth…a holy King.
The prophet Isaiah spoke of him:
He will not judge
by what He sees with His eyes,
He will not execute justice
by what He hears with His ears,
but He will judge the poor righteously
and execute justice for the oppressed of the land.
The Messiah baby is the King who sits enthroned forever.
Yet, this King was judged in night court as a criminal and crucified the next day. The King allowed it. He said, “Put your sword back in its place because all who take up a sword will perish by a sword. Or do you think that I cannot call on My Father, and He will provide Me at once with more than 12 legions of angels? How, then, would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen this way?” At that time Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs, as if I were a criminal, to capture Me? Every day I used to sit, teaching in the temple complex, and you didn’t arrest Me. But all this has happened so that the prophetic Scriptures would be fulfilled.” Purity cannot be corrupted. It took “God here with us,” Immanuel, to satisfy justice. So, the Son of Man with a perfect life, came to satisfy the law’s demands. For if each of us are honest, there is no one whose heart does not deceive, who has never committed a wrong, and who is not indicted for anarchy against the Highest King. Yet, it is God’s very holiness that also transcends in love that ordained this sacred redemption. The Son of God emptied Himself of all privilege, made Himself nothing, and offered His body as bail; so that, justice would cry no more against us. “He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him.” (Colossians 1:13-14)
Absolute authority with absolute justice prevailed and liberty was won!
God sees all corruption and evil. Beauty adorns justice, for love requires it. Justice will reign in Christ’s kingdom. We praise the King of kings whose throne is established in justice.
All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign will ever sing,
All glory be to Christ!