Lex Rex

Written by Jeff Carlson on .

lexrexHave you ever heard the phrase “Lex Rex”? It comes from two Latin words that mean, “The Law is King.” The phrase became a well-known book written by a Presbyterian minister named Samuel Rutherford in 1644. Its thesis was simple, namely that no one is above the law... the law is king. Human beings have to be accountable to some standard, some law, or they become as god. The reason this work was and is important to us today is because it had a great influence on the Founding Fathers of this country as they set up our constitutional government. They realized you needed a system of checks and balances against human power and ambition using the law, or you would end up with human tyranny and despotism.

In recent years, we have been watching the foundations of our Constitution begin to crack.   For some people today, the law doesn’t really matter that much anymore. The law just gets in the way of what they want to do, so they are more than glad to vote for politicians who will change and/or eliminate some laws in clever ways that only a lawyer really understands. This pattern of increasing lawlessness is growing rapidly right now across the world, not just in the United States. People seem to be falling in love with charismatic leaders who promise them a life of freedom to do whatever they want to do, no matter what the laws of God or Man have to say.

Did you ever wonder where this pattern is going? Surely it is going somewhere. The Bible couldn’t be clearer about what is going on today. We are heading down the same road Adam and Eve chose in the Garden. Our ancestors chose to reject God’s laws and ended up experiencing suffering and death. That simple story is largely forgotten today. Perhaps people think we are “wiser” now, but nothing has changed. Human nature is the same today as it was in the Garden. The temptation to have more power, control, and freedom, without any restraint or law, is not a new story. Apparently we just have short memories. The deception continues.

The amazing thing about the Bible is the name it gives to the worst person in human history, the Antichrist. The Antichrist is so bad because his real goal is to get us away from the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible calls the Antichrist the “man of lawlessness” in II Thessalonians 2:3 because he tries to eliminate God’s laws for his personal power and ambition. The Antichrist not only rejects God’s laws and declares himself to be god, but tries to draw others to follow him in this rebellion... and succeeds to a point. What is so interesting to note is that the future Antichrist is sounding a lot like some of our leaders today. Do people see that his coming must be near?

I find this whole pattern unfolding before our eyes every week now to be very sad. It is obvious to almost no one, yet so clear in the Bible. It is a rare church in America that even mentions the topic, yet it shapes the news every night. The wonderful hope at this time for all of us is that we can belong to the Lord Jesus Christ by amazing grace. The Lord will forgive all the laws we have broken and give us life everlasting as a gift. May we all put our trust in Him and find peace and perspective at this challenging hour.