When the [uncompromisingly] righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh….The king by justice establishes the land, but he who exacts gifts and tribute overthrows it….If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will become wicked….The king who faithfully judges the poor, his throne shall be established continuously….When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall see the fall of the wicked.
Proverbs 29:2, 4, 12, 14, 16
Few parts of the Bible give such profound insight regarding the leader(s) of a nation. We have seen this time and time again in world history, haven’t we? One fact is glaringly clear: for a nation to thrive (and survive), its leader must be a man or woman of integrity – truly, an honorable citizen. If not, the “inevitable” happens: the country they rule and its people will suffer…
No wonder God warned the people of Israel against establishing a head of state!
“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 follow 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.” (1 Samuel 8:4-8)
We need to pray for our leaders like never before. Our role is to support them when they follow God’s wisdom, and encourage repentance when they listen to another voice.
May our Lord help move their hearts and minds to follow His Way! And when it’s time to vote in the next round of leaders, may we make decisions based off of God’s principles, not economic or political concerns!