Ron Paul’s Biblical Lesson from 1 Kings 8-12

Today’s events are reminiscent of the Old Testament story of how the Israelites demanded a king over God’s objection. They believed that a king would give them peace and security. The results proved otherwise.

These words belong to Dr. Ron Paul and demonstrate his fervent belief and deep understanding of the Bible’s living truths.  For, what lesson could be more contemporary and relevant to American society than one warning against the surrender of individual liberty to the control of government, all for the sake of greater social justice and national security.

The prophet Samuel, due to his old age and pending death, approached God on behalf of the Hebrew people seeking permission to create an authoritarian central government, a monarchy.  The nation of Israel had successfully existed as a self-governing tribal coalition based on the rule of Jehovah’s law for approximately 350 years.  But, the people had grown tired of the self-responsibility that comes as a cost of personal liberty and self-governance.

Samuel warned the Israelites that a king would enslave them, “You will shed bitter tears because of this king you are demanding, but the Lord will not hear you.” (1 Sam. 8:18)  But the people refused to listen.  They wanted a king to take over the responsibility of unilaterally directing their foreign and domestic policy, “for we want to be like the other nations around us. He (the king) will govern us and lead us into battle.” (v. 20) And so, against God’s warning the nation of Israel created a government ruled by executive order where the king was given sole authority to create, interpret and enforce the laws.  They willingly subjugated themselves to government control based on the ideology of collectivism which undermines mankind’s intrinsic right to equality by granting certain people a birth right to rule over others.

The Israelites made a tragic decision.  Although a foreign enemy didn’t beat them, the people suffered a great and irreversible defeat.  History demonstrates that domestic leaders who rise to absolute power in a perceived crisis situation often enslave societies.  Out of fear and complacency, people mistakenly trade their liberty and rights for peace and safety.  But these aims are illusive and short lived.  The reliance upon government as a unilateral protector and regulator invariably leads to society’s oppression and ultimately its destruction.

Following the short rule of King Saul, the people found themselves suffering under the heavy taxation and forced labor policies of both King David and King Solomon.  Solomon also showed preferential treatment to the tribe of Judah, which alienated the northern tribes.  When Solomon died, the people sent a populist leader, Jeroboam, to demand better treatment from Solomon’s son and heir to the throne, Rehoboam.  In verse 1 Kings 12:14, Rehoboam answered Jeroboam and the people by saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.”

Collectivist governance is highly destructive for society as evidenced by the tragic and irreversible fracturing of Israel into a Northern and Southern Kingdom due to Rehoboam’s pride.  What a telling story.  The Hebrew tribes had retained their solidarity through 40 years of wandering in the Sinai Desert, a decade of dangerous military conquests to subdue the land of Canaan, and over 300 turbulent years as a self-governing tribal coalition. Yet after less than 100 years under monarchy the resilient Hebrews had split because of abusive government policy.

In creating a monarchy, the Hebrew people chose a destructive path contrary to the one God wanted for them; a path that led to great suffering at the hands of evil Hebrew rulers.  And ultimately the fall of both kingdoms to foreign invaders: the Northern tribes fell to the Assyrians in 722 BC and the Southern tribes who later fell to the Babylonians in 597 BC.

The significance of this lesson cannot be emphasized enough.  God has literally issued us a warning in His Holy Word against yielding our individual liberty and rights to greater government control in the name peace and safety.  This is an ancient and enduring Biblical message that societies ruled by executive order will tragically and invariably lead to oppression and exploitation of the common man by the ruling elite.

Praise the Lord, for the truth of His Word endures forever!  For what could be more validating for evangelicals than the three thousand year old Scripture we honor.  The divine Word of God that contains such a timeless, powerful message.  How encouraging for our nation that God would reveal such a profound scriptural truth to a man running for the office of President.  God bless Dr. Ron Paul, a biblically enlightened presidential candidate, constitutionally responsible leader not a ruler through executive order, and a man we can trust to lead this country as President of the United States of America.

Written by Thomas Tinsley

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About Justin Machacek

Justin Machacek is a four-time Emmy award winning television producer, independent faith-based filmmaker, and promotional creative. He serves as the president of Reel Deal Productions, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas and as the Senior On Air Producer for one of the largest Christian media networks in the world. Justin has worked closely with many of the most prominent Christian ministries and faith-based media organizations in America, is a devout Christian, and active church attendee. As a long time Republican, Justin became very active in politics in the fall of 2011. His experience since then includes: a position on the National Advisory Board of Evangelicals for Ron Paul, being elected as State Delegate for the Texas GOP State Convention, being elected as an Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention, membership to the Republican Liberty Caucus, and recently a board position as Secretary for the Texas state chapter of the RLC. Justin is also active in local politics, Republican clubs, and legislative efforts.
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4 Responses to Ron Paul’s Biblical Lesson from 1 Kings 8-12

  1. Christopher Weaver says:

    An excellent analogy.

    • Tom says:

      Christopher, thank you for reading this post. I hope you have found this and all the entries on this site of value. In that spirit, I’m writing this response to re-enforce the meaning of this blog.

      This blog is not about an analogy between the nation of Israel electing a King and the United States being increasingly ruled by executive order in the name of social justice and national security. An analogy is a comparison, showing similarities between dissimilar things: an inexact comparison which always breaks down.

      This is a message is about a specific, literal, and timeless truth taken from the divine, living word of God. A message given by Jehovah to mankind for all generations for all time that mankind should never surrender their freedoms and rights to unilateral government control for a false sense of peace and safety. Make no mistake, it is a clear and honest message from God that supreme government power means oppression, exploitation, slavery and eventual destruction for mankind.

      Let this be evidence of the truth of God’s reality to you, Christopher. For, who else but the true and living God could give us a three-thousand year old explicit warning which has proven itself relevant throughout all human history, even to this day.

  2. “foreign invaders” are usually what God uses to bring judgment. Look around, the foreign invaders are here….Great Post!

    • Tom says:

      Sueanne, thanks for the comment. It’s always great to get feedback. The political message of this post is a warning against surrendering individual liberty to government control for the sake of peace and security. This trade off is based on fallacy because the loss of freedom to unilateral government power does not necessarily lead to greater social justice and national security. As illustrated in my blog, the Bible demonstrates total reliance on government rapidly creates state-sponsored oppression, exploitation and eventual destruction.

      I suppose the ultimate message I wanted to convey was regardless of our differences, we can all agree to get together as lovers of freedom to figure out how to solve problems and settle differences amongst ourselves. Let’s heed the warning of the Bible so wisely understood and beautifully articulated by Dr. Ron Paul that government should never be entrusted as savior of society.

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