Then all the elders of Israel got together and came to Samuel at Ramah. "You're old," they told him, "and your sons don't live like you. Now, appoint us a king for us to rule over us; all the other nations have one." 1 Samuel 8:4-5
Most of my blogs for the past month or so have come from the book of Judges. You might say that I am kind of obsessed. The idea of judges enthralls me. To have a judge, a man appointed by God,to lead our nation, would be absolutely amazing. Please note that I am not going to make any political statements here, I just want to plant a small seed of an idea in your mind.
I think that the concept of judges fits America perfectly. The only places that we have ever seen this in history is Israel, a nation dedicated to God. America is "one nation under God." More so than any other nations, save Israel, the leaders that we put into office should reflect that spirit. Yet we look at so many other policies over a leader's faith and religious policies. Economics, foreign policy, immigration, guns, almost everything else seems to take priority, and that is the opposite of how it should be.
We need a leader that not only knows and believes in God, but one who listens to Him. If we have that, then the rest will fall into place.
It could be debated that God is ultimately in control in all situations, and that He puts people into authority. But the Bible shows time and again that He will let His people make bad decisions. Look what God says to Samuel right after the Israelites ask for a king. "Obey the people," the Lord told Samuel, "in everything they tell you; they haven't rejected you but Me from being their King." 1 Samuel 8:7
Guys, let's not reject God from being our King. The next time there is an opportunity to put someone in authority, let's put someone there who loves God, and let God sort that new leader, and our country, out. Making God a priority in our lives and our country is the best way to make a difference in it.