Samuel, God, and Progressives

1 Samuel 8

The people want a king. God tells Samuel that this desire of the people is a rejection of Him, not of Samuel. How much does it stretch things to liken God's list of the dangers of concentrating power into human hands to the dangers of doing so in the progressivist movement today? It should at least inform it. Instead of looking to the Body of Christ to play a primary role in feeding the poor, housing the homeless, educating the children, and other forms of showing love to people, the progressives demand that God bless and endorse the centralized governmental structures to do it for the people, for God, and for (that is, in place of) the church.