“No, God, we can do it better.” No one I know has ever stated those words ver batim. However, since time began, God has had to deal with people attempting to prove the superiority of their way over His. It began with Adam and Eve in the Garden when they decided the serpent was wiser than God. (Genesis 3:1-7) Moses argued that God surely didn’t want him to carry out His plans to free the Hebrews from the evil Egyptians. (numerous places in Genesis 3 & 4) The people decided God’s way of feeding them wasn’t good enough (Exodus 16:3, Numbers 11:6). God’s choice of leadership wasn’t good enough (1 Samuel 8:5). God even told Samuel, “And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.” (1 Samuel 8:7-9)
Let’s look at two points from this scripture. One: the people chose to be ruled by a king instead of a judge, as God had designed. This would lead to their eventual split as a family and the kingdom of God’s people. The other point is found in verse 5. “Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” They chose to be popular. They chose darkness. They chose “politically correct”.
Beware! When we challenge God’s supreme design and desire to be “like all the nations”, we thumb our noses at His truth. You cannot walk in the ways of God and the ways of sinners. (Matthew 6:24) You cannot be in darkness and light at the same time. (1 John 1:5-10)
Choose truth. Choose light. Choose God.