Christ the King
This Sunday (11/24/13) we will celebrate the feast of Christ the King. We celebrate it every November, usually the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Maybe its proximity to Thanksgiving is the reason we don’t really think about it. Or maybe the fact that Americans have no real experience with kings is the reason we don’t understand this concept. I wonder if we have any idea what the concept of Christ the King really means.
We are used to telling the president what we want him to do. He practically has to beg us to get Congress to pass the bills he wants passed. Our president rules with a lot of wheeling and dealing to accomplish anything and often they fail to accomplish their goals. Being president doesn’t mean they get any respect; often they are ridiculed on the late night talk shows and criticized in every newspaper in the country.
America’s last experience with a king was George III, who helped to provoke the American Revolution. He didn’t have absolute power but was limited by the Magna Carta and Parliament. A lot of the opposition to George III came from the ministers of America who felt we had to leave the British Empire to save us from the corruption of England.
They understood that there was a higher allegiance that we owed, that we served a greater king than George III and we owed him our absolute love and loyalty. They understood that they had a king worth dying for and many did. This king they served was Christ the King.
All Christians are called to serve this king with absolute obedience, allegiance and loyalty. We are to live our lives in service of our king. We live and die for Him not ourselves and not our party.
There are those today who treat Him like the president. He is mocked and criticized. His existence is challenged. Why should we obey Him? True Americans, we refuse to recognize any authority higher than ourselves. We’re Americans, we have rights; we make our own decisions or so we think.
What nonsense! We owe our king everything. We are absolutely nothing without Him. We’ve accomplished nothing on our own. We just think we did.
Without Him we are literally nothing. Our very existence depends on His will. Every oxygen molecule we breathe, every drop of water we drink and every crumb we eat were granted to us by our king. One glance from Him is all it would take to make this country history.
We are in the shape we’re in because we’ve turned our back on Him and ignored Him. We’ve made our own decisions despite what the laws of our king said. Why should things be better? It is only by His mercy that things aren’t worse.
One of the functions of a real king is to protect and take care of his people. Ancient kings like David put their own lives on the line to protect their people. We have a king more powerful than any king in history, more powerful than all of the kings in history combined and queens too. Yet we’ve basically told Him we don’t need Him and kicked Him out of our life. How can we expect His protection?
In ancient times people loved a good king, trusted him and depended on him. In return he protected them and took care of them. They gave him their absolute loyalty, love and obedience. Our king is much more than a good king. Words fail to describe His goodness, love and power. We owe Him even more than any other king. It is only when we return to our king and recognize His authority over our lives will they be straightened out.
This Sunday, examine your conscience. Is Jesus the Lord of your life? Is He really your king? Have you accepted His teachings on Abortion, gay rights, marriage, the treatment of the poor and immigrants? Or are you still ruling your own life?