The Malignancy of Multiple Rulers


Photo by Spenser H on Unsplash

March 22, 2018

Why is there more centralized power in the United States than ever before?

Why are oppressive laws and bureaucratic regulation on the increase? Why are restrictions multiplying?

“When a land is in rebellion, it has many rulers,
but with a discerning and knowledgeable person, it endures.”

Proverbs 28:2

Why would a rebellious land require many rulers? The answer seems obvious. When everyone does what is right in his own eyes, conflicts multiply. When everyone is his own boss, far too many bosses exist.

Let’s reflect on the meaning of malignancy, to help you understand where my mind is on this. Here from Wikipedia:

“A malignant tumor contrasts with a non-cancerous benign tumor in that a malignancy is not self-limited in its growth, is capable of invading into adjacent tissues, and may be capable of spreading to distant tissues. A benign tumor has none of those properties.”

The malignancy of multiple rulers is the characteristic of seeing, or creating, great opportunity to not be self-limited – to invade distant venues. We as a people have been attempting to cast God away. This we have done with great success. When He is dis-invited, He hears the heart underlying that action. This action results in supreme opportunity for the growth of oppressive leadership.


Yale Rosen, Flickr

We want to do things our own way. We want to make our own rules, and dispense with God’s as much as we can, because “we are so much wiser”. >Cough<.

This never works. Human hearts do not improve by this. Law exists to restrain sin, and to help us see how bad we are at living righteously.

God wrote just over 600 laws.

Those are summed up by just two laws. The irony about the aspirations written above is that they result in more laws and rules than God ever contemplated – laws upon laws upon laws. We must regulate everything. This, of course, according to a Great Vision possessed by certain elite individuals. We make gods of humans, since “no god will save us; we must save ourselves“.

The human heart is strongly willful. If we do not submit to the authority who is the essence of love, mercy, and justice; another authority will slither in. We cannot exist in any meaningful way without authority.


Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

The authority of self-government under Almighty God produces satisfaction nearly unspeakable. Proud self-will, exercised with anger and rebellion against any outside authority, results in wreckage personal and public. The rules multiply as the results raise their heads.

This requires multiple rulers to hem in people and force them to toe the line of human rule, always more severe than the wise and beneficial government that flows from the mind and Word of God. Why do I say multiple rulers? Most such countries have a well-known central leader. But to carry out the extremes of excessive control, many little regulators and bureaucrats need to populate the land.

It’s ironic. We rebel against what we think is the oppressiveness of the Supreme Lawgiver, and end up in a more pinched, grievous state of our own creative effort.

Man is his own worst master.

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