Words of Wisdom: Godly Leadership Listens and Learns, Proverbs 29:12-14
If a ruler listens to lies, all his servants will be wicked. The poor and the oppressor have this in common: the Lord gives light to the eyes of both. A king who judges the poor with fairness; his throne will be established forever. Prov 29:12-14 (HCSB)
With all that is happening in this world today our prayers must go out to all those in authority in our government. Our democratic based “republic” needs godly, ethical, and morally anchored representatives of the people to succeed. However, many who were elected by the people, because they appeared to be the right representative, have fallen prey to the temptations of power, prestige and position, and now play politics to remain in office for their greater good – not the good of the people. In America today, no longer does the average American has little influence upon who is nominated to run for office in our government. No longer does the common citizen get all the promised benefits of their voice in government, as promoted by our own Founding Fathers when they authored the Constitution in 1787.
Have we have forgotten who the true authority behind our country is? Our Heavenly Father, the Protector and Creator of our great country, remains the true authority whether we acknowledge it as fact or not. We must also remember that He intended from the beginning that the divinely inspired People would have the final say in our government. However, slowly the politicians and the political parties in America have taken control of the political process, and the People are mere electors of men and women who they most often do not know, and they too have fallen prey to trusting in the political parties and their choices. We are forced to rely on propaganda and all the mud-slinging campaigns to help decide who to vote for. In the end, we select what we think is the better choice based upon the lies of the campaign, and then we feel helpless with the results.
We need a change in America. We need to seek God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word once again to identify the right men and women to be elected into office. We need true representatives of the People again. We need rightly guided, ethical and morally anchored people to guide our country. As the passage says, the Lord provides His revelation of the truth to both the people in authority and to the people under their authority.
- When both the government and the governed are at peace with one another, then the Lord’s will is being accomplished.
That is what is known as the divine principle of Popular Sovereignty, and it is what the people need to regain an understanding about in our country.
Lord, it is my prayer that You will shed your light upon the hearts of every government official in our land, and reveal the righteous ones from the selfish ones. Lord, I pray You will once again shed your light upon the People of the land so that they may realize the authority of our country lies within their voice, and not in the hands of the politicians. Lord, the strength of unity in our country comes through the sharing of diverse ideas and opinions, but in an open and truthful debate, that relies upon finding common ground for the common good of the country, not the benefits of individuals for their purposes. Lord, I pray You will save our country and stir the hearts and souls of the People so that our country may be preserved for our descendants to enjoy and to prosper within for future generations. Finally, Lord, may Your Will, Ways and Wisdom prevail on earth as it does in Heaven. Amen
Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do good and you will have its approval. For government is God’s servant to you for good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For government is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong. Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath, but also because of your conscience. And for this reason you pay taxes, since the [authorities] are God’s public servants, continually attending to these tasks. Pay your obligations to everyone: taxes to those you owe taxes, tolls to those you owe tolls, respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor. Romans 13:1-7 (HCSB)
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. (Preamble of US Constitution)