No matter who is in office it is our responsibility to pray for those men and women. God allowed them to serve for His Own reason. Whether he or she is the one where we placed our vote or just the opposite prayer still works. God made us in His image and He can change even the hardest of hearts. We may be unable to change who currently sits in congressional seats but a genuine prayer can change the thought pattern of those who represent us. Right now we have another responsibility.
Elections are coming up every few years. It is time to search the scriptures for God’s instructions on how an elected official should conduct himself/herself. How does each candidate compare with scripture? Never should we consider how a candidate looks, his loss for words or too many words or what others say about him/her. It is our opportunity to act as hiring manager and how God speaks to us concerning each person applying for the job. Does this candidate represent the will of God? Does this candidate have a history of saying one thing and doing another? Does this candidate have the best interest of all people at heart? Taking all of this into consideration, how does he/she compare to the will of God.
Unfortunately the press has a way of presenting people in a very negative way leaving candidates to fight for their very reputations. One thing leads to another and eventually we have a slate of candidates leaving us not knowing which one is worse. If we cling to God, His Bible and the facts on each candidate, God will see to it we know beyond a shadow of a doubt where to cast our vote. Sometimes the best qualified for the job may not be a gifted speaker but a genuine worker who gets the job done. Moses accomplished many things while using Aaron to speak, who had a gift of presentation. David was the youngest boy and the least desirable of his brothers yet God’s very Son Jesus Christ came through his linage.
It’s time to do our homework and to consider each candidate as though he/she were applying directly to us for the job. If we were the hiring manager and only our vote counted, who would we pick? Would we prayerfully consider each one and his/her strengths or would we pick the most glamorous that gives smooth speech with no history of keeping such promises.
How we handle this homework assignment could very well be an awakening to how we handle responsibilities. If we are too busy for involvement it could very well be we will end up with a candidate we deserve and a serious wake up call. Even then, if God’s people who are called by His name shall seek His face and turn from wicked ways, we will hear from heaven and He will heal our land.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 New International Version (NIV)
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, Who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
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