Do you think the issues of abortion, gay marriage, healthcare, sex trafficking, education standards, religious freedom, national security (aka your safety) are important issues? Or are these issues of no concern to you?
If you believe any of the subjects listed above to be important then yes it does matter who gets voted into office — and guess what? You as the people are responsible to say who you want in power representing you when decisions are being made.
If you don’t vote, why do you feel you have the right to complain or speak your mind on any issue regarding government? That’s like a teen complaining about taxes on wages when they haven’t even applied for a job. Here in America we have such an amazing privilege to have a voice, a say in the matter. So speak.
Now let’s make this even more specific to us as Christians. Does God care about who leads a nation?
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:1
If God appoints the authority, and it clearly states that He does, the answer is yes. God cares who leads a nation. So if there are bad leaders in place, God has allowed them to come into power. Why? Could it possibly be because of the stubbornness of the people? Look at King Saul. God gave Israel what they wanted, a king to lead them instead of God. But He clearly stated how Saul would be a king who took from the people and turned away from the Lord.
It’s interesting to see how God will allow for a bad leader, or spiritual depravity, to come in if we ask for it. Could this be His way of discipline?Please contemplate the verses below. The psalmist speaks of the children of Israel who turned away from God’s way, insisting on their desires.
“They soon forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel, but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tested God in the desert. And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.” Psalm 106:13 -15
So if you do not desire a poor leader or leanness of soul, what should you look for in a leader?
What are God’s views on a good leader? I’ve been reading in Deuteronomy and verses about governmental leadership keep standing out to me, hence the topic at hand. NOTE: There are other verses to be studied on this topic and I’d encourage you to further look into it. Let’s check out what God told the Israelites to look for in a leader.
“Be sure to appoint over you a king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite. 16 The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the Lord has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.” 17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.
18 When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. 19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees 20 and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.” Deuteronomy 17: 15-19
Three points stood out to me in this
- He should not be led astray to serve other gods – Not have many wives or accumulate lots of money (v17)
- “You shall have no other gods before Me”- Exodus 20:3
- “…You cannot serve both God and money.”- Matt 6:24b
- He must revere God and follow His laws – Read God’s Word (v18-19)
- “Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. Exodus 18:21
- He should be a servant, not above the law-Not thinking himself better than others (v20)
- “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
- “The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.” Romans 8:5
Leaders of nations have huge responsibility because their actions not only affect themselves as an individual, but also the people they lead.
“Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God. When the Lord your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!” Deuteronomy 25:17-19
God holds nations accountable for the decisions made by rulers, especially when it involves that nation’s relationship with Israel. This is totally different from the law that:
“Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for his own sin.” Deuteronomy 24:16
This law shows that God holds individuals accountable for their own actions and not others. However, He holds the nation as a whole accountable for the decisions of their leader. If that doesn’t make you examine who’s in leadership, then I don’t know what will.
If we have the privilege to cast our vote for who we want to lead us, let us as God’s children choose to pick leaders who fall into the category of a good leader in God’s eyes. The leader(s) we pick may not come into power but we can at least with a clear conscience know we chose to support men and women who are, or appear to be, standing with God.
Be informed; Listen to a debate or two; and research the candidates’ background and views. Do they align with God’s view of wisdom and leadership? If you spend at least 2-3 hours researching you can be better prepared to make a wise decision. I would encourage more time than that, but at least give yourself a couple of hours so you’re not taking a total stab in the dark. 2-3 hours are nothing in comparison to the 35,040 hours you will spend over the next 4 years being affected by the decisions made by those you chose to be in power, or those who arose to power because you chose to say nothing.
In the end God will appoint leaders, and I believe these leaders will reflect the hearts of His people. Will we see change — or will God give us leanness of heart?