This was an interesting title for a sermon based on recent political events. Samuel was called to be God's prophet at a time when people did what they wanted. They wanted a King. The scripture reading uses 'take' more frequently than 'serve' in describing the role of a king. Sometimes what we need is not what we want. We live in perilous and polarizing times. Some wish to be like others...like other nations...but integrity is to be a follower of God. Silence is complicity.