Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Feast of Christ the King

So many of us balk at the idea of being ruled over by anyone. And yet, we follow the famous that the media puts in front of us with hardly a question asked. We thirst for rulers, whether we realize it or not. We look to our fellow human beings to rescue us from the pits we dig for ourselves. We freely give ourselves over to the most temporal and fleeting people, possessions, emotions and substances to rule over us every day, while maintaining the delusion that we rule alone.

What does it mean for those who claim Jesus as king? Our King is our shepherd. He gave His very life for us. Our King acknowledges and respects our free will. Any punishment we incur for sin is the logical consequence of the choice we have made.

Our King suffered a horrible and humiliating death--for us. He died in our place, and rose again.

We all need a ruler. We all have a ruler of one kind or another.

Who rules over you?

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"Slavery ended in medieval Europe only because the church extended its sacraments to all slaves and then managed to impose a ban on the enslavement of Christians (and of Jews). Within the context of medieval Europe, that prohibition was effectively a rule of universal abolition. "— Rodney Stark

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