I’m not one to be pulled into the arena of public debate these days, but I can understand the nature of people being absorbed by politics. Choosing leadership is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Our country was established on ideals the founding fathers believed; that God is both supreme and just. (Ever give a thought to why the highest court in our land one can appeal to is called the Supreme Court where there are appointed servants of justice?). A simple glance at our bill of rights or even the symbols stamped upon our court systems give us an indication of our historic foundations.
When we are given the opportunity to vote for those who serve in public offices we should consider carefully what we are asking for. To not vote at all is tantamount to saying, “I will go along with whatever the world decides”. We must remember a truth from 1 Peter 2:13-16 For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority-whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right. It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. In light of this word we must realize that our obedience to God is in obeying those who hold the public offices. The caveat for our nation, however, is that we participate to elect them.
I have met many who become quite embittered by current servants in public offices. Although their grievances may have merit they forget another important instruction. 1 Tim 2:1-2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
Public debate today is pretty polished to sway many who like promises and words of comfort. We must look deeper to seek the heart of the man standing before us. This discernment can only come from spending time in God’s presence with prayer.