Psalm 2 (NIV)
1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, 3 “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 5 He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6 “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”
7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. 8 Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will break them with a rod of iron[b]; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. 12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
It often seems like the world has gone crazy when it comes to our leaders not following God. It seems like those who represent us often will make whatever decisions are needed to cater to whatever special interest groups can get them reelected. I also think the humanist thing to do, for leaders and for people in general, is to believe that we can bring ourselves out of any situation if we just make the right decisions. This attitude would fly in the face of the truth that God is in control.
I don’t think it is some easy task to change the current political landscape. I don’t even know if I have the ability myself to personally make that great of an impact. We’ll all have different levels of impact in the big picture. But what should I do? Maybe I should I just do the best I can with my own time and resources. Each of us is responsible for our decisions, finances, time, and relationships. We need to do that seeking God. The question “What would Jesus do?” should float through our minds throughout the day. What’s right is right and what ‘s wrong is wrong. That doesn’t change by popular vote. I am an imperfect person and I always will be. I will never be without the need of a Savior. Without Him, sin would absolutely trample me under foot. With Him, I am given the grace and strength to overcome.
It is obvious God allows rulers to do what they wish for a time. History bears this out. Some ungodly rulers last a long time, some a short time, and there are many degrees of ungodliness. But as the psalmist says, “The Lord scoffs at them (vs.4)” and “His wrath can flare up at any moment (vs. 12).” In verses 10 and 11, God tells the kings of the day to “be wise” and to “serve the Lord with fear.” I know our leaders are imperfect just as I am. I know that for each of them, they can receive grace and strength to overcome whatever obstacles they face. Our leaders are responsible for their own decisions, but what can we do to support them? First, and within each of our abilities, is to pray for them. Pray for wisdom. Pray for Godly direction. Pray for the counsel they seek. When we vote, vote for those following the ways of the Lord. Maybe I can’t change the system alone, but I can be part of the solution. I don’t think we should expect our politicians to preach a sermon or speak like Billy Graham. We should expect them to do the right thing. Let’s help them.
by Chet Gilmore