Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Monarchy - Backed By the Bible

 I will be taking all verses from the Douay-Rheims Challoner Edition.

Monarchy is spoken highly of in scripture.

Genesis 14:18-20

But Melchisedech the king of Salem, bringing forth bread and wine, for he was the priest of the most high God, Blessed him, and said: Blessed be Abram by the most high God, who created heaven and earth. And blessed be the most high God, by whose protection the enemies are in thy hands. And he gave him the tithes of all. 

God also lays down a blueprint for good kings.

Deuteronomy 17:14-20

When thou art come into the land, which the Lord thy God will give thee, and possessest it, and shalt say: I will set a king over me, as all nations have that are round about: Thou shalt set him whom the Lord thy God shall choose out of the number of thy brethren. Thou mayst not make a man of another nation king, that is not thy brother.

And when he is made king, he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor lead back the people into Egypt, being lifted up with the number of his horsemen, especially since the Lord hath commanded you to return no more the same way. He shall not have many wives, that may allure his mind, nor immense sums of silver and gold. But after he is raised to the throne of his kingdom, he shall copy out to himself the Deuteronomy of this law in a volume, taking the copy of the priests of the Levitical tribe, And he shall have it with him, and shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, and keep his words and ceremonies, that are commanded in the law; And that his heart be not lifted up with pride over his brethren, nor decline to the right or to the left, that he and his sons may reign a long time over Israel.

Even the New Testament portrays monarchy in a positive light.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 

I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men: For kings, and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all piety and chastity. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 

1 Peter 2:13-17 

Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God’ s sake: whether it be to the king as excelling; Or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of the good:For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. 

Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

Father Joseph Gleason explains some of these verses rather well in his article here.

One of the most often arguments used against Christian monarchy is that the period of the Judges was superior, since those who rose up were chosen directly by God. I will lift from Fr. Gleason’s article:

Four times, the book of Judges mentions there being “no king in Israel”.
And in every case, it is mentioned in a negative context:

Judges 17 / Idolatry / Quote: “there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes”
Judges 18 / Genocide / Quote: “there was no king in Israel”
Judges 19 / Rape & Murder / Quote: “there was no king in Israel”
Judges 21 / Kidnapping & Forced Marriage / Quote: “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”
It is never suggested that the lack of a king was a good thing.  Israel’s lack of monarchy is never mentioned when Gideon smashes idols, or when the people of Israel turn towards God.

Rather, Israel’s lack of monarchy is always mentioned in connection with blatant public sins which could have been restrained by the presence of a godly king.

When there are godly kings, righteousness reigns.
When there are godless kings, wickedness abounds.
The solution is to pray for God to replace a wicked king with a godly king,
not to replace the monarchy with some other form of government.
The second argument is that God was not pleased when the Jews asked God for a king. It is not because God was displeased with monarchy, it is that the Jews asked outside of the proper timing and for reasons which were not right. They wanted a king which acted “like our enemies” in order to protect them. The establishment of a kingdom was the plan from the beginning. David was he who was meant to be king.

Fr. Gleason’s wisdom is shown yet again in his other article, The Long-Awaited King. He opens with the verses to defend the assertion that monarchy was the plan from the beginning.

Genesis 17:6

And I will make thee increase, exceedingly, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. 

Genesis 35:11

And said to him: I am God Almighty, increase thou and be multiplied. Nations and peoples of nations shall be from thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins. 

Genesis 49:10

The sceptre shall not be taken away from Juda, nor a ruler from his thigh, till he come that is to be sent, and he shall be the expectation of nations. 

The final explicitly Biblical defense is that democracy or republicanism is not supported in scripture. The abolition of monarchy is never suggested, and sin or evil is never said to be caused by occupying the position of monarch. The individual king is held responsible, but the institution is never shown negatively.

Jesus and the Apostles lived under the Roman Empire, in an area which spoke Greek and was aware of Greek culture and democracy for 500 years. Not even a hint of democratic sentiment is found, and there is no justification found for the violent revolutions such as the Russian and French, with all their death, destruction, and the introduction of mass immorality. Only anarchy and tyrrany were brought about by the Enlightenment, not order and logic as the “philosophers” sold it.

Catholic teaching, specifically that of St. Thomas Aquinas (ora pro nobis!) building upon the works of Plato and Aristotle places monarchy as the greatest possible political system. Even aristocracy is ranked by the Angelic Doctor above democracy. He details how the system may be carried out well in his work De Regno.

The revolutionary spirit which brought about democracy and immorality has brought so much harm to the Church, as well as promoting secularism, where each man is his own god. Is this not the spirit of anti-Christ itself? Revolutionary values were brought about with tremendous violence, death, and destruction. Democracy and republics have ushered us into an era of indifferentism, collapse, corruption, and put us under the boot of a world war and a period of widespread communism, all of which killed hundreds of millions of innocent bodies and souls.

Democracy allows for the human and diabolical nature to become the main focus. Fallacies and appeals to emotions resound in republics, and those who can most easily flatter and manipulate rise to the top. A king may be tyrannical, but he may be removed either by the prayers of the people or more physically. Prayer is recommended in scripture, and the Angelic Doctor makes clears arguments for tyrannicide.

The power most parliaments wield is far greater than any king ever had. Mass spying and regulation is the conclusion of this fight for freedom. A traditional ordained by God was brought crashing down in a few short centuries, with the fruits of their rebellion being eaten to this day. The sour taste of widespread degeneracy, atheism, and totalitarianism is the only result of abandoning  Godly hierarchy.

It is far easier to remove a single bad ruler than to fully remove an immoral system.

Under monarchy, Christianity flourished. Countless Churches were built, honorable men bred, and Christ placed as the head of Kingdom and Home. The only logical system under the Church is lordship from the top-down. Christ is the King of All, the King ruler over the nation, and the father the Lord of his house and family. Order begets true freedom, which is that of righteousness. True freedom is the freedom to do good, and the ability to follow God’s will without human and diabolical influence. The probability of one man being good far surpasses that of millions being righteous.Under good rulers, Europe was brought up to be the world’s shining jewel. Under monarchy, the most beautiful works of art and music were created, from the works of Palestrina and Des Prez, to Michaelangelo and Bernini. With the democratization of art, quality and beauty suffered tremendously as well since all things, including morality, changed from objective to subjective.

Jesus Christ is the King of Kings, God is the Father Almighty, not our Prime Minister and government for two terms. A restoration of the Faith will bring about Godly governance, which will only come with the restoration of the old social order.

Viva Cristo Rey!