Once upon a time in an island far away, there was a leader. He was known to be a strict leader. The people in the group of islands gave him the power to rule over them, hoping he would improve their lives.
The first thing he did was to try to get rid of drug pushers and drug addicts . He gave his policemen and generals authority to kill them even without trial. Thousands of suspected pushers and addicts were killed. Most were poor. Their families grieved. But they could not do anything. For they were powerless.
The priests and bishops told the man it was wrong for him to do that. He got angry with them and called them names. He even threatened to destroy their Church. Most of his officers and the people who put him in power belonged to that Church.
One day he told the people that their God is timid. Not only that. He said their God is stupid. Then he said that this stupid God does not exist. He offered to give up his power if anyone could prove to his satisfaction that God really existed.
The people who heard him were greatly offended. They said it was blasphemy. They were also insulted but the man did not mind that they insulted their God and them.
The man's top officers defended him. They said it was okay because the man was only expressing his own spirituality. They did not think their boss was wrong to disrespect their God. They wanted to please him because the man might cast them out of his circle of power. Never mind their God, even if their master called their God stupid.
Meanwhile, the priests and bishops of the God the man called stupid told the people to offer prayers and fasting to make the man see his mistakes and change his life and be a good leader. They did not call him names; they did not call him stupid. But they said he was wrong. Utterly wrong.
Five hundred years before, in another far away land, there lived a powerful king. He belonged to the same Church whose God would later be called stupid. The king believed in that God. He respected the leader of the Church that God appointed.
One day, the king told the leader of the Church to allow him to divorce his queen so he could marry another woman, but the the Church leader said it was against the teaching of the divine founder of the Church. So the Church leader said no. But the king did not take no for an answer, so the king said "I will take over the Church in my kingdom and I will be its head."
And so he did. He commanded his top officers and the Church's bishops and priests to acknowledge him as the new leader of the Church in his kingdom. He also commanded them to agree that the divorce from his queen was perfectly okay. Most of the king's top officers and most of the bishops said yes. But the king's top officer, called Chancellor, said no. Because of that the king ordered that the Chancellor be sent to the guillotine to be killed.
Before he was killed the Chancellor said: "I die the king's good servant, but God's first. The name of the king's Chancellor was Thomas More.
Two men given power, living centuries apart. Two creatures usurping God's prerogatives and honor.
Two top officers of these men. One chose his boss and continued to be in his good graces; the other chose his God and was martyred. He was declared a saint. #
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain; for the Lord
will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain." (Exodus 20:7)
And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship
the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” (Luke 4:8)
"For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and
the weakness of God is stronger than men." (1 Cor 1:25)