REPOST: Give us a King

REPOST: Give us a King

“Give us a conservative because they will free us to prosper!”

“Give us a liberal because they will regulate the unfairness and give all an equal shot.”

“Give us a moderate to reach across the isle and bring both sides together.”

People have always looked to a person, or persons to solve our problems.  How’s that working for us?

In my limited study of history it seems clear that leaders come, and leaders go.  I can say the same for their corresponding kingdoms and lands. The only constant I see is God and His word.  So for me, as this next election approaches, I will be voting on issues that, at least in my mind, correspond with God’s will.

I already know what you are thinking, “What about the crusades?”  Or, “How can I explain why he-or-she did this-or-that in the name of God?”

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Answer: I can’t

 

 

I can’t speak for everyone in history who claims to have directives from God. I can only speak to my understanding, (limited though it be), and my short, 56-year life here in the good ole USofA.

Ancient history tells of a nation of people who thought that they needed the right person in place to oversee the Kingdom of Israel. During this era, God had placed judges over Israel to decide on matters of the people. God and His word were to be the basis for ruling. The system functioned much our judicial branch does here in the U.S.  And like our legal system, or any system where greed is involved, corrupt justices were taking bribes in exchange for favorable rulings (Exodus 23:8, Proverbs 17:23, Micah 3:11, Acts 24:26). The Hebrew word translated as bribe has as it’s root, “to hire, or to reward.”

They wanted more than God.  They wanted a visible representation of strength and power.  They cried out for a king.  And they believed that if they could only have the right ruler in place all would be well in the land.

Here’s what God had to say about their request (speaking to Samuel):

“Do everything they say to you,” the LORD replied, “for it is me they are rejecting, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer.” (1 Samuel 8:7 NLT)

The people were firmly warned that they should NOT look toward a ruler to set things straight in the land. Non-the-less the people got what they wanted – a king. Now that Saul was set in place all would go well. This guy looked the part and would surely have all the answers. But things didn’t go that way at all.  In the end King Saul committed suicide.

Are we much different?  Aren’t we planning to cast our presidential vote for the one who will move the country in the direction we think it ought to go?

“Give us a woman”

“Give us an outsider”

How many of us, that call ourselves Christians, are seriously considering the spiritual consequences of our voting decisions?  The bible says that, “… there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1)  I admit, that leaves me questioning a lot of things – but I trust God.

Maybe He let’s man have free will.  Or perhaps he puts certain leaders in place to bring the people back to Himself.  I have my thoughts but I will leave it for you smart people to figure out.

For Christians, Jesus is our King. We should spend far more time, as His body, in modeling, explaining, and demonstrating the principles of His kingdom then we do posting for, and against our favorite candidate.

This November I too would will be exercising my rights as a citizen of this country. That said, my hope will be in God and not in man.

CLICK HERE to read all of 1 Samuel 8

2 comments

  1. thanks for the post. Sometimes I think I want a leader to shake up the current political system. Is that the right way? Maybe I’m impatient. Is my attitude coming from God or am I exercising my frustration through my vote.

    • I think it is very appropriate for we Christians to desire, to vote, and to pray for our political leaders. God gave Daniel the ability and opportunity to tell King Belshazzar that his rule was over. God also strategically placed people in government such as Joseph.

      If we Christians believe that the US is a God given gift to the world as a place that can model economical, political, and theological liberty, I think it appropriate that we desire to see God bring correction to the government. I can be a Christian and still mourn the loss of my country as I know it. I can weep over America.

      That said, we must turn first to God and not expect and “king” to answer this country’s issues. It is better for us to pray that God will bring the order, and the leadership to America that HE desires and not what we think it should be.

      More than once God has called upon the most ruthless of leaders to take captive His own people that they might repent and to reignite there passion for Himself.

      I want to see the political system turned upside down as well. I think our government is full of corrupt people. But I want God to bring about the changes to the end He desires. I can keep going because I am somewhat passionate about this subject

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