Coronation and Responsibility

Dr. Tommy Simons, Pastor

King Louis XVI, as portrayed by Mel Brooks in History of the World, Part I, is a debased and profane leader. King Louis will do what he wants, when he wants, with no accountability—I mean, who’s going to say no. He can verbally attack and abuse at will.

After each episode of depravity, King Louis will look toward the camera and say, “It’s Good To Be King!”

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The grandeur of coronation, in biblical ethics, is equated with increased responsibility and humility.

It is good to be king—because of the good you can do for your people.

It’s good to be king—because honor is bestowed by becoming a servant to all.

 

Paul quoted an ancient hymn in Philippians:

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus:

Who, though he was in the form of God,

Did not regard equality with God

As something to be exploited.

But Christ emptied himself.

Taking the form of a slave.

Being born into human likeness.

And being found in human form.

Christ humbled himself

And became obedient even to the point of death—

Even death on a cross.

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Dear ones, you are the hands and feet of God. You are the righteousness of God.

Therefore, all of us are encouraged to serve and submit to one another in love.

Kings do not have prominent seats at the table. The proper mode of kingship is to walk in love with all

people—particularly those on the margins—with little or no power or influence. The seat of honor is for the “lowly”—kings are serving and bringing food to guests—not prominently displayed on an elevated platform.

Christian joy and maturity is found in service. And the world already has its quota of blowhards— and those who use each interplay— as an opportunity to display their Machiavellian skills and manipulation.

Let’s offer a better way…

Coronation and Responsibility is our focus for worship in the next few weeks.

You have been given much; and much is required as a follower of Jesus.

Therefore,

As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

You will discover—from a slightly different perspective—It is good to be king.

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