May 7, 2007
The Master's Program
The Point of View - A Weekly Commentary by Bob Shank

Dear Marketplace Friend,

    God is Still Sovereign Over All.
    Marinate in that pungent proposal. Slather it in the folds of your consciousness. Massage it into your mental alcoves. Squeeze it between your self-possessed feelings. Wrap it around the egocentric activities that allow the rich, powerful and briefly-beautiful people of this generation to be worshiped by those with less. Slap the silliness of today's delusions with the power of this proclamation: God is Still Sovereign Over All.
    Anyone with an invitation to spew on a cable talk show is an unlicensed philosopher; a dispenser of diatribes that are presumed credible, by virtue of their screen time. In an age where media trumps message, the pinnacle of truth is a contested hilltop. Whose flag flies on top of that summit? With the assault on the peak coming from all sides, whose position will ultimately prevail? What voice will be heard from the highest vantage point, declaring victory? At the end of the day, are all opinions equally valid... or, is there one that stands above-and-beyond all others? With the worldwide competition for superiority - in every field - in full fury, is there any chance that the ultimate pursuit of power will be "won" by any one contender?
    We're spending 12 weeks pushing back all of the fluff... and addressing 10 core conclusions that make up what we're referring to as a Christian/Biblical Worldview. These statements of fact demand reaction. When I say, God is Still Sovereign Over All, it first begs clarification - because, since 1776, the term "sovereign" doesn't command American attention!
    We Americans all got together - at our beginning - and agreed that ol' King George was not the top of the power food chain. One stood above him; we said that "...we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men..." The one "at the top" is - by definition - "Sovereign," which is, by definition, the One that exercises supreme, permanent authority.
    If a King is not sovereign, who is? According to Thomas Jefferson, when he wrote the Declaration of Independence, there is a Creator from whom our lifetime rights are granted. Is He - the Creator - still there?
    Once you "get" Sovereign, what does your personal perspective deliver, as a verdict? Here - again - are your choices:
    oppose ~> resist ~> passive ~> believe ~> advocate 
    Oppose grabs the microphone to passionately present the alternative view. Resist applauds the opposition as correct... but it doesn't speak up. Passive checks-out, mentally, and then uses his Blackberry to check his e-mails, wondering what all the hassle is about. Believe knows that the statement is right, and agrees with his own views... but stays out of the fray. Advocate is the outspoken defense of a philosophical hilltop worth defending. Where are you on this Sovereign Over All business?
    From Genesis to Revelation, God is described - hundreds of times - as sovereign. Yet, Jesus' own half-brother Jude cautioned that sovereignty would be challenged within the Camp of the Converted: "For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord" (Jude 1:4).
    Is God still "the One who exercises supreme, permanent authority?" Say, "Yes," and you're using God's Word as your reliable source of truth. Move away from that belief... and you are aligned with "godless men," who give "license for immorality" within the Christian faith (bring any current fights to mind?)... and deny the Sovereignty of the Lord Jesus Himself. Personally, I'm an advocate for the Sovereignty of God.
    A Christian/Biblical Worldview recognizes God, the Creator, and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the Sovereign, Over All hierarchy. Where are you, concerning that?

Bob Shank

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