In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Judges 17:6 & Judges 21:25 KJV
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did whatever he wanted.
No King is No Fun
While reading Judges, I felt like the Lord gave me insight on the cultural climate of our day. We are living in a culture that does what it wants. And why is this so? Because we live as if there were no King. And no, I am not speaking of an earthly leader; I am referring to our Heavenly King.
Now, this is NOT a political blog so I am not directly addressing any particular current event. That said, it’s impossible to not be affected by the politics of your day. People have always had governing bodies and these leaders affect our lives. And as I have written before, our leaders often reflect our hearts back towards us like a mirror.
Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.
Proverbs 29:18 ESV
This verse always gives me the visual of the people running roughshod. I see a looting, half-naked populace doing whatever they feel, wherever they want. Restraints often keep the veneer of a civilized society intact. But as Jennifer tells me, that veneer is just one decision away from unraveling.
When there’s no vision, the people get out of control, but whoever obeys instruction is happy.
What it looks like with No King
When a culture lives with no King, we witness many of the things currently happening—unchecked violence, mass murder, massacres and terrorism, the rule of law being disregarded, political unrest, growing lawlessness, absurd abuses of power, a sliding scale of justice, morality bowing to convenience, and casting off all restraints.
Where there is no vision from God, the people run wild, but those who adhere to God’s instruction know genuine happiness.
A person, a people, a nation, a world that lives with NO KING is doomed for destruction. No happiness can actually be found when we live unmoored. We were designed to live anchored to The King and without Him in our sights, we unravel.
In a King-less society, where adhering to and acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord is nonexistent, we must remain King-ed. This is our only move and one that checkmates the increasing lawlessness. It is not only our only recourse but also our ultimate responsibility.