Saturday, July 10, 2010

Day 6 of 90: Rulers

Reading for today: Exodus 15:19- 28:43

One thing jumped out at me in this section. And it's very timely for me. Let me just say this, it should come as no surprise to people who know me, either through this blog or personally, that I am not a democrat. I do not approve of many of the ideals of that political party. I am registered as a republican, but can't say I'm all that impressed with that party either. I think the direction our country is going is simply in the opposite direction of God, a direction both parties have led us.

I don't get into politics all that much. I don't really understand a lot of it. But I know what I believe. I believe that God is my ruler. He is the only one I need to worry about obeying.

And I try. I don't always succeed. But I try.

Lately in my house, we have had many discussions about our government. My step-father, who we live with, is staunchly republican. He watches Fox News, reads WorldNetDaily, watches Glenn Beck, oh, if it's conservative politically, he knows about it. I don't always agree with everything he says, but he does research everything and think it through and really means what he says. So, politics come up a lot. And you can imagine that President Obama is not someone who is looked at favorably here. However, everyone in this household does respect him. He is our President and he deserves respect just as everyone does.
But that said, there are many times our discussions have led to the thought that President Obama is leading our country to a terrible place.

And even though I don't care for the job he's doing, it annoys me when people completely trash him. I don't like him, but that doesn't make him less of a person to me, less worthy. So I steer clear of insults and put downs.
But I never know how to respond to others who do hurl insults and sneers his way.

Now I know. God showed me today.
Exodus 22:28 You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.
The commentary in my Bible says "Since God is the ultimate sovereign, to curse a lesser ruler might encourage disrespect for God's authority."
Wow! I always knew that we should show respect for those in authority even when we didn't agree, but to see it in the Word is amazing. 

So now my plan is to pray for President Obama, and to pray for all of our political leaders. More than anything, I am going to pray that they find God. They need Him so much. And I'm going to pray that they will allow God to lead them and show them how to govern in a way pleasing to Him.


Andrea said...

Great comments Lisa. I too am conservative and it is hard to remember that we not only need to pray about him, but for him too!

I saw that Moses was a stressed leader! When his father-in-law got there, bringing his wife and kids to him, he noticed that Moses was a bit edgy and asked what was wrong. "The people come to me to enquire of God" was his answer.

Jethro, using wisdom from above replied, "The thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away. . . for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone." He proceeded to give him counsel that he needed to choose good men and train them to be leaders. That way, Moses wouldn't get burned out.

(Micromanagement is not the way to go. Delegate, delegate, delegate!)

"So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he said."

Good management principles from the Scriptures!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Andrea in NC

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