I read the following original short story last month in a writing group I attend and thought it would be a good time to highlight it here on the blog. Like “A (Stereo)typical Interviews with Three Millenarians,” it is a satirical piece that gave me a new angle with which to address theological arguments and craft counter-arguments during an informal debate on eschatology I had with a friend over a year ago. Essay is me telling readers “see, this argument doesn’t hold water,” satire is me beckoning readers to exclaim, “this argument doesn’t hold water!”
#15. The Reckoning
Thunderstorms come as vivid reminders to us that our God is a consuming fire, infinitely loving but also infinitely holy. We long for Him to show His face in this world but do we really understand what that would mean?
As Americans we are raised to believe Kings are evil, to be cynical of all monarchies and most of all to despise hereditary succession. This is not without good cause. The best of men are still human and power draws out pride like blood in the water to a shark. And yet this is not the fault of the position but of corrupted man. Power does not corrupt man. Man corrupts power. Fallen man, like everything else, has given Kingship a bad name. And yet from the beginning, from the time God delivered the law to Moses at Mt. Sinai, God promised a King. But when would that King come? And who would it be?