Saturday, March 30, 2024

Pastor's Ponderings, March 30, 2024

God Is In Charge of This Election


In this election year when distortions, deceptions, and distractions drown out truth, we may ask what kind of leaders we should have in office.  If one needs wisdom about our choices, the Bible says to ask God (James 1:5).  The Bible established the criteria for God’s kind of ruler.   It says that the leader must judge with justice and righteousness.  The leader must defend the afflicted, save needy children, and must crush the oppressor (Psalm 72:1-4, 7) so that the people can prosper. 


We have a responsibility in this tumultuous election season. The Bible tells us that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for the kings and those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-4).  If we do not pray for them, we should not be surprised that the temptations of leadership may lead them astray. 


We can complain about the leadership, or we can talk to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  Millions of dollars will be spent in this crucial election, but the outcome depends upon God who will raise up some and put down others (Psalm 75:6-7).


Let us pray, protest, write letters, and support those leaders that God has chosen.  To do this we must vigorously seek the face of God that He may send us His leaders.  Let us also ask for wisdom that that we will recognize their worth when they arise.


1 Timothy 2:1-4

New International Version

1 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. 

3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,

4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.


Psalm 72:1-4, 7

New International Version

1 Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness.

2 May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.

3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness.

4 May he defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; may he crush the oppressor.

7 In his days may the righteous flourish and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.


Psalm 75:6-7

New International Version

6 No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves.

7 It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another. 

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