We’ve been told that this year’s presidential election will be the most important election in our history. We have been bombarded with negative political ads by candidates in order to convince us that they are the best choice. It is my opinion that the leader that we have is simply a mirror of the people he or she leads. As proof, one only has to look at I Samuel when the people rejected God’s rule over them and cried out for a king:

When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges for Israel.  The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba.  But his sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.  So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.  They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”  But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD.  And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.  As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.  Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.”  Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.  He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.  He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.  He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.  Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use.  He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.  When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.”  But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us.  (1Sam. 8:1-19)

Soon after, Saul was chosen to be king over Israel and Samuel gave the people a warning: “But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.  Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will be swept away.” (1Sam 12:24-25) As it turns out that’s exactly what happened.

Saul’s first act as king was to attack a Philistine outpost and made Israel an enemy of the much larger Philistine army. (1Sam. 13:4-7) Samuel told Saul to wait seven days and he would meet him on the battlefield to make an offering and intercede for him. But Saul became impatient and made the offering himself placing himself on the same level as the prophet of God and in doing so, Saul jeopardized his kingship. (1Sam. 13:8-14)

Surprisingly, even after Saul’s missteps the majority of the people continued to follow him. Why? Because they wanted a king to rule over them rather than God. It wasn’t until years later that godly King David would rule over Israel; and even he was plagued by his sin.

It is no different today. Throughout our history we can name good presidents and bad presidents. But rarely can we name presidents that were truly godly men. The reason is simple: If a leader is a mirror of the people he leads, then it is a rare thing indeed for an ungodly nation to elect a godly leader.

Proverbs teaches that “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2) Are we mourning over the spiritual, moral, cultural and political direction of our nation? Christians of many denomination and ethnic backgrounds are indeed approaching judgment over the rapid and rabid growth of ungodly, wicked laws and policies by our current elected leadership. What we have to recognize is that just as surely as the sun rises in the east, ungodly lawmakers will produce ungodly laws.

We have tens of thousands of local churches, led by their pastors that effectively and consistently engage in political awareness, education, and action to promote their personal, partisan, or ethnic standards.

But our mourning should be fostered by hearts broken with the recognition of our own disobedience and our rejoicing should be inspired by a God of mercy and grace and that He gives us the means to restore His righteousness within us.

I am not suggesting that we not be concerned about our political process, but as a follower of Messiah we should be even more concerned about the kingdom of God than the kingdom of this world.

I believe that whoever becomes our political leader will be placed in that position by God – Either for our good or for our judgment, in order to bring us closer to Him.  “But it is God who judges: He brings one down, He exalts another.” (Psalm 75:7) God is the judge – All depends on Him, not on the natural advantages of a country; not on human strength or human skill, or human prowess. Whatever may be the natural resources of a country; whatever alliances of peace or war they may form with other nations; success ultimately depends on God. He presides over all; He can give success when it is least expected; and He can also humble people – no matter how much they have prepared, and regardless how confidentially they anticipate success. He removes kings, and sets up kings for His own purpose. (Daniel 2:21)

God will use any means necessary in order to draw us closer to Him – Even if it means going through difficult times. He used the Babylonians to draw Israel back to Himself and He will use our political leaders to do the same for us. May God give us the grace, wisdom, and strength for the days ahead.

“If you’re a leader and no one is following – you’re just out for a walk.”

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Comments
  1. Amen! Our God reigns. Can we honestly expect Him to bless a country that refuses to acknowledge Him? As we go to the polls on November 6, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to go before us and prepare our hearts and minds so that we earnestly seek His will, not ours. I don’t think it’s too late to write in a third party. Santorum and Huckabee dropped out because they ran out of funding. But if you agree with what one of these men stands for, write him in! “Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:27)

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