Okay, so here goes a political post that I don’t often do because, at this point, people already have their minds made up.
There are many people very unhappy with the current American government. There has even been talk among some higher government sources that a civil war could quite possibly be a reality.
As an author, part of my job is to study people from an objective point of view.
I started a study of kings and compared it to our current ruler here in America.
If men start relying on the government more than God and themselves for their food, clothing, housing, cell phones, education, etc. then we set up a man or government to be a god. When that man or government falls, that’s when we will have riots and people starving.
A bad leader will want to create a dependent society. A dependent society is much easier to control.
I was watching Prince Caspian and during the final battle, when the two opposing armies are rushing toward each other, I noticed what the kings were doing.
On the Narnian side, King Peter picked up his sword, even though he was already battle worn and injured, he rushed the enemy with his people following behind him.
On the Telmarine side, the king pointed his sword and shouted, “Charge” then he stayed safe while his men advanced forward into battle.
King Benjamin from the Book of Mormon labored with his own hands to support himself so he didn’t have to add additional taxes on his people. Mosiah 2:18. King Benjamin also stood by his people in battle and fought with his own strength. Words of Mormon 1:13
Same with Alma. Alma 32:5
King Noah was the opposite. He taxed his people heavily so he and his buddies could party, wear nice clothes, get drunk, etc. See Mosiah 11:13-15. When his people came under attack he ran away and encourage the men to leave there helpless wives and children and save themselves. Mosiah 19:11
It is also mention in the Book of Mormon about an enemy king who ended up taxing King Limhi’s people 50% of profit. This was considered slavery and bondage. Mosiah 7:22-24
How much are you paying in taxes? Sales tax, property tax, income tax, government fees for doing anything, food tax, gas tax etc. There are almost 100 types of taxes in America that didn’t exist 100 years ago.
In many ways, history really does repeats itself. I encourage everyone to study both good and bad kings from history and learn the qualities of real leadership.
You can compare these qualities to any person in a leadership position.
People serve a good king because they love him. People serve a bad king because they fear him.