Thursday, October 23, 2014
Today We Celebrate Brutus' Assassination of Julius Caesar
Brutus tried to save the public thing
Which at the time was oligarchal still.
At interest usurial he used to lend,
So he thought the families better than a king.
His freedom to exploit he did defend,
Octavian took it from him with twice the will.
That was my little ditty about Brutus' motivation for killing Julius Caesar. Hope you enjoyed it.
The legacy that Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger has, thanks to William Shakespeare, is that of being the noblest Roman of all. But he was really a politician who was angry that one man had turned out to be too good at the game they were all playing, that of consolidating power and riches. A republic such as the Romans had is only a res publica for the politicians and bankers. Brutus grew rich by lending at high interest to provincials while he was governor of Cyprus. He took advantage of the power system of which he was a part, to which he had been highborn.
Let today be a day for Christians to remember that there is no salvation in the State. We ought not to seek to be kings or senators, although we may be such things. Let us instead seek to live humbly, to do justice, and love mercy.
We live in a nation of Brutuses, of politicians who are bankers and bankers who are politicians. Do not be deceived by the fact that we are ruled by a few instead of one. There are good and evil kings, and good and evil senates. We should not be proud of our government because it is not a dictatorship, nor because it is a "democracy". Let Roman Christians love Rome, and let American Christians love the United States, but let us always remember that we belong to another Kingdom, a better Kingdom.
The question to ask is, do Rome or the United States submit to King Jesus?
Brutus and Julius Caesar are cut from the same cloth, the fabric of powerlust, which we are not to be a part of. (Armies are more honorable than assassinations because assassins are part of the machinery they claim to fight.) And let us remember that our weapons are not the weapons of this world.
The things that we tolerate, the things we do to each other and allow to be done to others, for these things we will be judged. Do not think that we can escape judgment by changing leaders. Instead we ought to pray for mercy from God. Look away from elections, and look to worship of Jesus. That is our revolution: worship.