A Cry for Leadership
“Oh Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets.”
The cry of Daniel here in this text was not only true in Daniel’s day but ours as well. We as believers are able to look at our nation as a whole today and see how truly far we have turned from God’s Word and that which is right. One way we express the frustration of this fact is to attack, belittle, and insult our elected leaders, wherein we believe most of the fault lies for our debased society.
In this I’m reminded of Israel’s first king, Saul. He was a man among men, loved by all, and in the minds of the people, the perfect king. God, in His infinite wisdom, knew the heart of Saul was exceedingly proud and what kind of king he would become, relented to the people’s desire for Saul to be king, all the time preparing the true king David. As the scriptures relay, Saul was disobedient to God and not a good king. David on the other hand was called, “A man after God’s very heart.” Saul became jealous and wanted to kill David so David ran.
This account can be found in 1 Samuel 24. David has the opportunity to kill Saul, but instead chose not to bring harm to Saul because Saul was God’s anointed, even went as far as to cry out to Saul, “My lord the king” (1 Samuel 24:8b). He chose to honor Saul not insult him. He recognized God as the ultimate authority, not Saul, and that he needed to respect the people the Lord placed in authority.
1 Peter 2:17 states “Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” Our responsibility as believers is not to despise our leadership, whom God Himself appoints, but to pray for them. We understand that we have all sinned and the fault lies not in elected officials, but all our sins as Daniel 9 points out.
We need to pray for our leadership, respect their authority, and allow God to judge the motives of their hearts. As we have the tremendous responsibility and privilege to vote, we need to keep in mind that nothing is going to catch the Lord by surprise. Pray for our leaders that they would be saved and lead our country justly.