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The Christian's Attitude Toward Secular Leadership
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 1Timothy 2.
Let’s face facts; Not all leaders are Christian. If the government were made up solely of God-Honoring men and women, how much better our country, or any other country would be. Suffice it to say that we do not live in such a world -- that is not yet, but we seek one to come, in which the Lord Jesus Christ will rule as Supreme.
But for now we live in a world full of chaos and confusion. The blame for this has to be with the leadership. I wonder sometimes that in this country alone,( because I haven’t lived in any other), how anything done at the Government level gets accomplished. Washington is a house divided - literally. The Democrats are fighting against the Republicans that are fighting against the Liberals, that are fighting against the Democrats, and on and on. Against the backdrop of all this bickering, fighting and finger-pointing, America is going down the tubes.
17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. Luke 11
I’m not a scholar or historian, but biblical history teaches that Israel had fallen many times, when a wicked king was in power, because he did not uphold God’s standard. And conversely, the same Nation enjoyed peace and prosperity when the leadership and people honored God. The leader can either be a blessing or a curse to the people he leads, primarily because the people usually follows leadership - good, bad, or indifferent.
As I mentioned in my last hub America at The Crossroads , just about everything is being done to eradicate God from this country. Eliminating prayer from schools was just the beginning, and since then, this country has been in a downward spiral. It is not enough to know that this country was founded upon Judeo-Christian ethics, but the blessing is in the doing of it. In other words, knowing is not enough, we must consistently apply what we know. We need leadership in place that will uphold those standards.
What is the Christian attitude toward secular leadership? We as Christians are commanded to submit ourselves under man’s law as long as it doesn’t compromise God’s. We are commanded to pray for those in authority; that means the Mayor, Governor, President of The United States, whoever he may be. We pray to God on their behalf that God will give them wisdom on how to lead a nation, city, town, etc.
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 1Peter 2
We need to support leadership when its right instead of making it fodder for the comedians of Saturday Night Live, Jay Leno, and those of that ilk. And on the other side of the coin, leadership, whether in the church (yes, there too), or running a nation, shouldn’t present itself in such a way as to draw fire of disrespect from the people they’re supposed to be leading.