Where There Is No King (Judges 21:25)
Can you imagine living in a nation where there is no leader or standard of authority? The book of Judges ends by recording such a time with the nation of Israel. The result of this condition is revealed in Judges 21:25 by stating: “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”
Wouldn’t that be chaotic? Every person doing what he(or she) thought was right to them. If you thought it was right to lie, cheat, steal, commit adultery, or even kill someone, then you did it! If you chose to worship God, or like Israel of old, worship the “gods” of other people, then you did that!
I believe we can learn a great lesson from this simple statement. Today, Christ is to be our King. He is “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (I Tim 6:15). He is both “Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36). When there is a king there is also a standard of authority, usually his law(or decree). Christ has “all authority” (Matt 28:18), and everything we do in word or deed is to be done by His authority(Col 3:17). He is to be our King and we are to be His faithful and loyal subjects.
Just as with Israel of old, however, when there is no king, every man will do that which is right in his own eyes! It is evident in our day that Christ is not the King, nor is His law respected. Just look around you and observe, even in the lives of people you know and love. Sadly, in some cases, even in the lives of Christians.
At this time of year taxes are avoided by not claiming cash transactions as income. Bankruptcies have been at record levels for many years, and people think nothing of beating you out of a debt. Lies are blatantly told and even accepted, especially if it is to benefit the one lying. I believe this is called “situation ethics”. The filthy language heard daily is accepted as the norm. Scriptural marriages are dissolved at the drop of a hat, and unscriptural ones are accepted. Sadly, I have lived to see the day that even homosexual marriages are sanctioned by our own government.
We hear such phrases as “let you conscience by your guide” or “if it feels right, do it”. That is nothing more than every man doing that which is right in his own eyes. Jesus Christ, our King, says for us to speak the truth, not lie (Eph 4:25) to pay our taxes and our debts (Rom 13:7,8), forbids filthy speech (Eph 5:4), and that the marriage vows are between male and female and not to be broken (Matt 19:3-9).
Another realm in which there is no king is in religion. Have you ever heard someone say “go to the church of your choice”, or “one church is as good as another”, or “it doesn’t matter what you believe or how you worship as long as you are sincere”? That is nothing more than every man doing that which is right in his own eyes!
The King(Christ) said He would build His church (singular, not plural) Matt 16:18. His law says there is one church (Eph 4:4;1:22,23), but denominationalism teaches otherwise. Denominationalism is one of the greatest curses ever placed upon man by the devil. It teaches people can worship God and Christ in a multitude of ways and each be acceptable to Him. Our King(Christ) said “why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46) It does matter what I do and how I do it in worship. We must be able to give book, chapter, and verse from the decree(law) of our King for all we say and do. If we can’t, then we are doing that which is right in our own eyes.
There are also many different ways in which people teach and believe you are saved. Our King(Christ) tells us we must believe in Him (John 8:24) and that belief comes by hearing the word of God. (Rom 10:17) We must repent of our sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38), confess Jesus as Lord (Matt 10:32,33; Rom 10:9,10), and be baptized to be saved (Mark 16:15,16; Acts 2:38). If we believe, teach, or practice any other plan of salvation, then we are doing that which is right in our own eyes.
How about you? Is your Christ your King, who directs your footsteps? Or is that king yourself, doing that which is right in your own eyes?