The Flag And The Cross
When I'm at a Memorial Day Celebration to honor those who have given their lives for my freedom and a powerful singer gets to the climax of our National Anthem, " O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave," it sends chills up and down my spine. I get those same chills in church when we get to the final verse of Amazing Grace, "When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun...” Same neurological response but a world of difference in the absoluteness of my devotion!
I need to remember there's a difference between my commitment to the cross and my commitment to the flag. Since the beginning of human government, rulers have tried to combine the power of their throne to the power of God or their gods. In Old Israel the true God separated the power of the priest from the power of the king. For example King Saul, a Benjamite, not from the priestly tribe of Levi, got into serious trouble when he usurped the role of a priest (1 Samuel 13:8-14). But David prophesied that a king would come who could legitimately claim the office of priest, and this priest would not be from the line of Levi.
“The LORD has sworn and He will not change His mind, You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” - Psalm 110:4
The LORD’s statement about the “order of Melchizedek” takes us back to the time in Abraham’s life when he offered his tithe to the King of Salem, the King of Peace, the King of Jerusalem—a King whose very name in Hebrew means “My King is righteous” (Genesis 14:20). The writer of Hebrews fills us in on the rest of the story by explaining that Jesus is this King-Priest. God ordained His Son as this new Priest—the only Priest put into office because of the power of His indestructible life (Hebrews 7:15-16). Jesus is the only Ruler with the right to unite throne and altar. Until He comes we need to keep separate our love for God and our love for country.
LORD, help me to appreciate that You place political rulers into office. Not only on our National Day of Prayer, but every day help me lift up my hands and pray for governmental leaders. In our precious democracy help me express my commitment to Your moral values revealed in Your Word as I support candidates and vote. But help me to never give them my ultimate allegiance. Move me instead to point as many as I can to the ultimate Ruler, the King-Priest, who can change hearts from the inside out.
For more from Dave Wyrtzen please visit TruthEncounter.com!
You can also listen to weekly messages from Dave on OnePlace.com.