Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Christmas Eve Manifesto

No King But King Jesus
by a Son of Liberty

Today, most of the world from New York to Nairobi and Jerusalem to Christchurch will pause in preparation for the commemoration of one of the world’s most significant events: the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, the Savior of the world.

There will be celebrations and feasting, parades and pageants. Families will come together. Gifts will be given. Prayers uttered. Hymns sung.

And for good reason.

The birth of Christ was the heralding in of the end of unmitigated tyranny—of a world where the single most powerful force known to most sons of Adam was the State. The only law most of the world knew was that of the jungle or of the strongest bully in the neighborhood.

But it was Jesus Christ, a poor carpenter, who stood before the compromised spiritual and civil leaders of His day and before the imperial tyranny of the Roman Empire and uttered the most revolutionary statements in the history of politics. He said first, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” And then before the face of the Roman Governor representing Caesar, He said, “You would have no authority if it had not been given to you from above.”

These two statements shook the foundations of Statism—and the earthquake sent aftershocks far and wide. The very idea of Caesar not having certain things under his authority was treason. The confession of faith for the Roman Empire was “Caesar is Lord.” But this Jesus said that there were certain things not under Caesar’s authority and that Caesar’s own authority came from “above.”

Jesus Christ came and proclaimed Himself King. But He did things no other kings had done. He washed the feet of His subjects; He supped with prostitutes and politicians. He called all to repentance and service to His Father in Heaven—their Liberator. And He said that those who desire to be the greatest must be the servant of all.

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