I just had to put in a brief blog post about this past Sunday's Pearls Before Swine strip. You should read the whole thing to get the idea, but these two frames are golden.
They nicely elucidate in very graphic detail what exactly happens when World devotees go bananas enlisting fine smiley articulate well-groomed agents of Cain to try to make things the way they want things to be around them. Again, it doesn't matter who it is. Donald Trump or Nancy Pelosi. Jerome Powell or your friendly mortgage lender. Pope Francis or the fiery pithy minister at the non-profit church next door.
It. Doesn't. Matter.
Revere them revile them embrace them crusade for them want them assassinated in the most cruel way
Your allegiance is fully with them to do the job of Lordship in your life.
Scripture makes it pretty plain. So many don't get it, but here's the truth.
You may think you're pretty cool (don't worry, I do too) but you're pretty much a major league asshole (me too!) Don't like that? Go ahead and keep rationalizing it away -- no, go ahead.
If you accept that you have nothing to give to please a perfectly holy and righteous God, then look and see what the law does. Law makers and law enforcers and law adjudicators and law processors and law administrators and law anybodies are put there by God Himself to keep assholes in line. Go ahead and call on them to rescue you from the "Greed Monster," but they'll just do the ordained work of the World System Operatives who themselves empower the beast to keep extracting your value from you. Hey, this is expensive work!
Thing is, you'll inevitably be dinner for the Beast. Yeah, capped there because there is indeed a Beast, representing the very authorized earthly authority to do the work of the powers and principalities that eat you.
Want away from that? Don't want to be on the way into his yawning chops? Then do what some did, cited there at the very end of the fourth chapter of Genesis.
"They called on the name of the Lord."
This means Christ and only Christ. This means the Christ Who Saves, not one of the hundreds of silly concoctions that float around out there trying to captivate the minds and hearts of those incessantly beating their breasts about how much they're not assholes. Those "Jesuses" are there for them, they're supposed to be. God does give them over to their delusions about what's actually real, and true, and righteous.
But Christ tarries. How merciful is He in that. He's waiting, give Him a call.
How long are you going to wait?