Whenever there’s a presidential campaign, based on the candidates’ promises, it seems as if we are all hoping for an earthly savior, one who keeps us safe and makes our lives comfortable. Candidates want us to pretend we have amnesia, forgetting that scandals are often uncovered, exposing some at the top of the political food chain who have misused their power or acted out of selfish motives.
Why are we surprised? Thanks to sinful selfishness, every nation on earth has examples of corruption. King Herod killed baby boys two years and younger so he could retain power. King David had a top soldier killed to try to cover up his adultery. King Solomon, who had his share of adultery issues, knew how governments worked. “If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still. The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields” (Ecclesiastes 5:8,9).
Let’s listen to the One with eternal authority who establishes those with temporary authority: “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” (1 Timothy 2:1,2).
Pray for your leaders.