Is it good to be King?

By: Guy Templeton
April 19, 2013

george_clooney1 Sam 8:18-22

18  And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.
19  ¶Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
20  That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
21  And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the Lord.
22  And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.

Mosiah 29:16-17

16 Now I say unto you, that because all men are not just it is not expedient that ye should have a aking or kings to rule over you.

17 For behold, how much ainiquity doth one bwicked king cause to be committed, yea, and what great destruction!

Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon seem to condemn the idea of a king.  Certainly nobody in the United States thinks a king is a good idea.  Yet in the temple, we are promised that we can become kings and queens in the next life.  Is that congruent with scripture?

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7 Responses to Is it good to be King?

  1. Tiger on April 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    No, scriptures do not condemn kings and queens…only that they tend to be wicked and unrighteous. However, Mosiah 29:13 reads: “…if it were possible that you could have just men to be your kings, who would establish the laws of God, and judge this people according to his commandments…if this could always be the case then it would be expedient that ye should always have kings to rule over you.” Those made kings and queens in the next life will have acquired the pure love of Christ in their hearts.

    Additionally, we know that in the Millenium, Christ will be our King and our Lawgiver. Are we to deem his eventual role to be incongruent with scripture?

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  2. DB on April 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Mosiah 23:8

    Nevertheless, if it were possible that ye could always have just men to be your kings it would be well for you to have a king.

    Righteous kings and queens are good because they will lead their people in righteosness. The problem is not with having kings or queens, the problem is that most of them are unrighteous. Which is probably because 1, power tends to corrupt people, and 2, it’s usually the unrighteous who aspire to that level of power.

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  3. Howard on April 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    We believe in being subject to Kings, rulers…

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  4. BJohnson on April 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    The power exercised by those future Kings and Queens will flow to them “without compulsory means.” It will spring from their fullness in Christ and will not be the type of power that springs from corruption or oppression of others.

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  5. Stephen M (Ethesis) on April 20, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    When we are all kings it is somewhat different.

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  6. MH on April 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    I remember an interview with John Hamer a while back, and he said something that really struck me. The ancients could think of no other form of government other than a kingdom, so all references were to a king form of government.

    Now, we think that democracy with a president is a much better form of government. We don’t call Christ our prophet, priest, and president! But the phrase “without compulsory means” would seem to be more appropriate of a democratic form of government, rather than a king. If we voted in the war in heaven, that also sounds more like a democracy than a kingdom.

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  7. Douglas on April 21, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    According to Mel Brooks (History of the World, Part I, 1981) it most certainly is…”It’s good ta be da King!” That is, if you can get “Le Garcon de Pis” to take the heat from “Le Committee de Revolutionaire” and the guillotine in your stead, and you get the favors of fair maidens in the garden…and can have a “live” chess game.
    Naturally, the real problem is that absolute power DOES corrupt absolutely…”We have learned, through sad experience…”. This is why the American form of REPUBLICAN government, by the balance of powers between the Legislative, the Executive, and the Judiciary, is the worst form of Government on the planet, save for ALL the others.
    Ultimately, the best government is self-government, which in THEORY we’re trying to teach via the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not necessarily executed with utter finesse in practice.

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