Published June 28, 2016
The dictionary defines a parable as "a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle or moral lesson." What follows, then, is a parable written by evangelist and author Ron Susek which first appeared in his email newsletter a year ago. It spans the time from the American Revolution to the Second Coming and beyond. The truths expressed and their impact could be considered even more timely today.
"Hush, We Know Best"
by Ron Susek
Once upon a time there was a very bad king. He forced his subjects to labor hard, then took from them much of what they earned. He placed himself above the law and demanded that his subjects worship in his kingdom's church.
Wearied by the king's oppression, many of his subjects ran away. Risking their lives, they sailed the high seas to put an ocean between themselves and the wicked king. They dreamed of freedom, but the king's soldiers followed them, demanding taxes for the king.
In time, the runaways said, "No more!" and aimed their weapons at the king's soldiers. Puffs of smoke rose from muskets on both sides until the king's men surrendered.
They worked hard to build a government that allowed no room for a tyrannical king. Filled with hope, they decided to be governed by the will of the people, and that elected leaders would be considered servants, not kings.
Their religious background taught them that the heart of man could not be trusted. Knowing the axiom, "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely," they insisted on the right to bear arms to protect themselves from would-be kings. They formed a government with checks and balances to keep servants in and kings out. Further, the people, not kings, were to determine the law. They even established a Supreme Court as guardians over their laws.
Their plan looked like a fool-proof protection from a repeat of the evil king. But there was one flaw; many whom they elected emerged as kings dressed like servants. The craving to be king was a widespread human malady. These "servants" had ravenous hearts but lacked listening ears. These elected "kings" argued amongst each other for power. The people shuddered to see them ascend above the law, just like the old king.
The kings began by excommunicating God from His creation. They threw all mention of Him out of their schools, destroyed symbols of Him on public property and forbade prayer to Him in social settings. The people spoke out, but the new kings said, "Hush, we know best."
To further erase God's role, they forbade creationism to be taught, insisting that mankind evolved from natural selection directed by time and chance; a strange, unproven theory. The people protested. The kings said, "Hush, we know best."
Replacing God, the kings became social engineers, sending doctors to wage war on defenseless babies huddling in wombs. The populace angrily marched and said, "We sought freedom from such tyranny." The kings said, "Hush, we know best."
Some troubled citizens appealed to the kings to redefine marriage to include those who did not desire the Creator's design. The kings said this was fine. The populace cried, "No!" The kings said, "Hush, we know best."
In time, taxes and debt went up as freedom and opportunity went down. The kings boasted vainly of their good deeds while the struggling people wept aloud. Soon it was clear, the only One who could slay the devilish desire to be king was the God who had been dismissed. Rather than humbly seeking this God, Who would have met them at the cross of repentance, the kings continued saying, "Hush, we know best."
The kings, however, did not count on one thing many of the people still prayed to the God whom the kings tried to banish. The people pled for deliverance, clinging to His promises. Suddenly, at the sound of a trumpet, the skies filled with a host this world had never seen. All the kings of the earth trembled, knowing their end had come.
And the meek, who had been told to hush, shouted praise to their God as they mounted horses to rule the world with the King of kings and Lord of lords Jesus Christ, the very Son of the true and living God. And the words of Jesus came true: "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5).
Column above copyright Golden Quill Publications, used here by permission. More info about the writer, Ron Susek, and his evangelistic association can be found at http://www.seaministries.org/ronsusek
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