WHEN THE MOB — ME, MYSELF, AND I — RULES

What does “it” mean? That depends. Upon what? What I think about “me”. Is “it” all about “me”, or is “it” all about the Creator of “it”? What do I want “it” to mean? Strangely enough, truth actually is a choice. We can create our own facts, and we do.

What does “me”, “myself”, and “I” do? Each of us — each “me”, “myself”, and “I” — looks out from the window of our soul. We — each “me”, “myself”, and “I” — each decide what to believe about “it”.  Some of us choose to worship idols. Some of us choose to worship the Creator.

What are idols? An idol is a denial that there exists a creator. To escape an infinitely powerful, holy God, we — each “me”, “myself”, and “I” — create idols. With idols we recreate the world; we pretend “it” — the world — is about us. Stuff — big homes, fancy cars, electronic toys, whatever we can buy — exists only to display the glory that is “me”. Sex — drugs, movies, alcohol, parties, people — exists for the pleasure of “me”. The almighty state — that vast bureaucracy that promises everything — exists only to satisfy “me”. I exist — “me’ — because “it” is all about “me”.

Who is the Creator? If He created “it”, where is He? Why do “me”, “myself”, and “I” not know Him? Where can such an immense Being hide? Why would He hide? Why is there nothing “me”, “myself”, and “I” can point to and say: that is God?

Must “me”, “myself”, and “I” resort to logic? Does the cold reality of logic dictate that “it” must be all about the Creator of “it”? Yes, but is it true that even the most egotistical must observe that “me”, “myself”, and “I” exist only because the Creator willed “it” to be so? Is it true that even the most egotistical must observe that “me”, “myself”, and “I” did not create “it”? Is it obvious to everyone that “it” existed before “me”, “myself”, and “I”; and “me”, “myself”, and “I” has no power to affect whether “it” will continue to exist or cease to be? No. The Pride of “me”, “myself”, and “I” speaks damnably loud. Even though “me”, “myself”, and “I” can only affect a pitifully small part of what God has made, “I” still wants “it” to be about “me”.

Is there another alternative? Are there only idols? Is there only the empty of logic of “me”? Has God has revealed Himself so that “me”, “myself”, and “I” can bear the burden of His existence?

  • “It” — Creation — reveals the glory of God and shows us His character.
  • Our hearts have a hole — an emptiness — that only He can fill. We know what happens when we try to fill ourselves with idols. We remain so empty…..
  • The Holy Bible tells the story of our redemption, of what God through His Son Jesus has done to redeem us from our own sinfulness. The Bible reveals just how much the Creator of “it” loves us.

Is there another alternative? Yes. God has told us He loves us. We can love Him. We can glorify God. Instead of making “it” all about “me”, we can make “it” all about Him.

1 John 4:7-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

God Is Love

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is [a]born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested [b]in us, that God has sent His [c]only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has [d]for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear [e]involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

18 thoughts on “WHEN THE MOB — ME, MYSELF, AND I — RULES

  1. I never really got the chance to reply to you in regards to government and monarchy, as my work life took over for awhile.

    However, as you know that I am critic of Thomas Paine’s commentary on 1 Samuel 8 and articulate that it is rather an explanation of government all together as evils they can inflict on the earth. Kings, are at least anointed as Servants of God, whether they invoke such rule is entirely up to their will.

    However, in many ways, If I were to write a commentary today of our society and government. I think it would be fair to write a commentary on the book of Judges as an example of the evil of democracy and the mob. Many other founders of this country had issues with democracy as exhibited by Madison in Federalist 55.

    But I think in Judges 21, we see a perfect commentary on our state of affairs in this country or perhaps the Western World:

    Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in their own sight.

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    1. @Philip Augustine

      Thank you for getting back to me on this. Interesting reply.

      Since Thomas Paine was a Deist, I don’t usually cite him as an authority on the Bible. Generally, I think it best when I can to use the Bible to interpret the Bible.

      I also agree that our rulers are ultimately appointed by God. When they don’t ask us to do something in conflict with God’s commands, we owe our leaders our obedience. However, only with respect to Jesus does the Bible endorse monarchy. When Judges 21:25 speaks of a king, what king is it referring to? 1 Samuel 8 makes it unambiguously clear God did not want Israel to desire a human king. Which king did He want them to acknowledge?

      1 Samuel 8:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

      7 The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.

      Instead of doing what God wanted them to do, everyone did as they saw fit. They had neither God nor a man as their king. As you say, Judges tells a tale about pure democracy and mob rule. Thus, the Book of Judges contains some of the most horrifying tales in the Bible.

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      1. Wouldn’t you say that context of Judges is “King” used in a general sense? I want to be clear that I’m not necessarily advocating for a monarchy, as I am claiming democracy of possessing all of and perhaps more of the evils warned by God.

        Perhaps, we’re all biased by an American upbringing and perhaps both forms of government when taking to the extreme should be avoided.

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        1. I will readily admit Judges 21:25 is not easily understood. Had me mystified for years. At first I did not even see the problem.

          Here is what I think at this point. To understand the meaning of “king” in the first clause of Judges 21:25, I think we need to carefully consider the second clause. What is wrong with men doing what is right in their eyes? In Israel, through whose eyes were men supposed to look to determine right from wrong?

          It is well to remember we are also supposed to look at the Bible as a complete work. One part of the Bible does not contradict another. Who does 1 Samuel 8 does God say He wanted Israel to look to as their king?

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        2. However, the books in the Bible are presented in different context. In this manner, The Bible’s purpose is the Revelation of God.

          In regards to Judges, a general statement about the mob without a (secular) King wouldn’t affect 1 Samuel 8 in any manner. One has to apply 1 Samuel 8 to Judges to apply the interpretation you put forth or we can simply look at them in their different contexts and come to the conclusion that they have nothing to do with each other.

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        3. One has to apply 1 Samuel 8 to Judges to apply the interpretation you put forth or we can simply look at them in their different contexts and come to the conclusion that they have nothing to do with each other.

          We have to compensate for the fact that Judges and 1 Samuel were written at different times by different people. Nevertheless, the Books of the Bible are part of a unified work. So we should be able to use one book to help us understand another book. God, after all, inspired the whole work, not just parts of it.

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  2. Ha! The angry mob. Well said,Tom. I often like to say, “God exists right on the other side of me,myself,and I.” One reason why we struggle so hard to see Him and know Him is because ourselves often get in the way. “Dying to self” is a phrase that comes to mind. The less of us and the more of Him, the clearer our vision becomes.

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    1. You’re right. I only wish the ‘mob’ didn’t hate God. The mob is just getting progressively more angry and it’s downright frightening. I’ve seen things online recently about how the radical left is on a mission to ‘dismantle hate’; and while the idea in and of itself is great and should be pursued, I fear the methods which which they’re using. They aren’t doing it peacefully, they’re doing it forcefully, which will likely continue. I fear that they will become more out of control than they already are, which could lead to some scary things.

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        1. Yeah, exactly. I’ll never understand why they think that hatred of everyone is the answer. They then misuse quotes of certain people (MLK for example) to justify their hatred. Hate doesn’t bring about peace. Sadly, I’ve seen good people (even some Christians) pick up the radical left ideology to varying degrees. The challenge, I think is not getting sucked into the ‘I hate left wingers’ thing. That’s just as dangerous as the radical left thought process But like you were alluding to, their original intention of bringing peace and love between people is good, their methods of achieving it are just very harsh.

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        2. As the saying goes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Good intentions go awry when they are used to justify the means.

          Why does the news media become enraged when Trump points out that both the white supremacists and groups like anti-fa and Black Lives Matter were at fault in Charlottlesville, VA. The news media sympathizes with the intentions of antifa and Black Lives Matter. So their violence is somehow different.

          When a white supremacist tries to exercise his right to free speech, what is wrong with hitting him on the head with a metal baseball bat? From the Democrat Liberal’s news media’s perspective? Nothing apparently.

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  3. It looks like vigilantes are now removing statues illegally. Honestly, I could care less if the statues are there or not. It’s true, in fact, go to the department where I received my degree in history, I did extensive work with papers written in argument against the perception of Lincoln being a tyrant that occurs in the South. I did much of this research in the Lincoln Library.

    What my experience taught me is most of these statues were erected at the turn of the 20th century in the name of Peace and forgiveness to heal a nation torn by war and reconstruction. In many ways, removing these statues may be the same as taking a dull knife to scar tissue. I remember when I visited Gettysburg and saw the Peace torch, where Veterans of that war vowed never to fight again…

    Should we tear that monument down as well?

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    1. @Philip Augustine

      I understand Maryland’s governor is now following the mob.
      => http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/maryland-gov-larry-hogan-calls-for-statue-of-roger-taney-author-of-dred-scott-decision-to-be-removed/article/2631604

      Governor Hogan is now calling for the removal of the statue of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney from front lawn of the Maryland State House. The news media has found an issue that they can get some people worked up about. As usual most Republicans think they can placate the news media.

      When I was a boy, I went to a school in Prince George’s County that was renamed in 1993 from Roger B. Taney Middle School to Thurgood Marshall Middle School (https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1993/03/05/pg-county-replaces-taney-with-marshall/692ecbb7-5b37-48de-b9dc-c7d61121895b/?utm_term=.15818bfe170a). Since Thurgood Marshall was such an extreme Democrat Liberal, I suspect the school is still named after a racist judge. Did either man follow the Constitution as diligently as his oath of office required?

      The Dred Scott decision was awful, but is that the only thing Taney ever did? Here is something from Wikipedia that suggests Taney was a more complex man than we might first expect.

      He inherited slaves from his father but manumitted them and gave pensions to the older ones.

      Never really studied the guy, but when someone becomes the Chief Justice and is honored with a statue it is probably not a good idea to jump to conclusions about who he was.

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      1. I would imagine that what people actually know of Taney is from Dred Scott. It’s the only mention of him at that Lincoln Presidential Museum.

        A lot of Social Justice Warriors are Anti-Andrew Jackson and are always puzzled when I share with them that Jackson adopted a Native American as his son.

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        1. Jackson adopted a Native American as his son. Did not know that. Given what his administration did to the Indians….

          People are complicated. When we cannot understand ourselves, what makes us think we are fit to judge another?

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        2. I think it’d be easy to assert that in one way or another walking contradictions. Paradoxes in ourselves, although corrupted by our sin, we’re reflections of a beautiful perfect paradox revealed to us by God. One God in Three Persons. Salvation through Death, Born from a Virgin.

          Oh What would our paradoxes be if we didn’t create he wickedness in our souls.

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