In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
There are rules. It is rules or chaos.
Since God created everything and He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and loving, He gets to make the rules and He should make the rules.
Let’s say that God makes one rule… Thou shalt share donuts. We all know that the first rule was “from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat.” But I think the urge to eat morning donuts is more applicable to our culture.
How do we react to the “sharing donuts” rule?
Reaction #1 To Each Her Own
The philosophy of our age teaches no rules except what you believe is right for you. What happens when you have 10 people in a room and each wants the last donut?
Reaction #2 To The Strongest
Alexander the Great started this philosophy after conquering the known world. With no successor, he told his generals on his death bed, “To the strongest.”
With one donut left, the strongest gets it – the source of injustice through the centuries.
Reaction #3 Let’s Vote
Out of the 10 people in the room, six vote one way and four another. One vote is the difference between winning and losing. This works if citizens continue to agree on voting.
It falls apart when the party of “six” sets the rules so that the party of “four” continues to get voted down. Or, changes the numbers by using the majority of six to allow 11 in the room, thus bolstering their vote.
Reaction #4 We Know Better
The educated, the powerful, and those in charge challenge the intelligence of those with whom they disagree. They want systems (and government funding) to promote their values and write laws to make their ideas legal. Challenge us, they think, and you lose money and perhaps your freedom.
Reaction #5 Make More Donuts
We act like we have trillions of donuts to give away, but there is only one donut in the room. Baking more donuts might work in a room of 10 or 11 people, but no one knows what it will do to the value of money.
God set the original rule of “do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” The Bible defines good and evil. Our political system is based upon the idea that truth exists.
Throw out the Bible, challenge God, promote individuality – one of the five reactions will be tried – until one wins. Whether the winner is left, right, or centrist, “might makes right” sooner or later prevails.
I think Jesus would have me say, “If I’m in a room of 10, with only one donut, you can have it!”