Political Leaders: Who can we trust?

Political Leaders: Who should we trust?
Do you have peace? In whom are you actually putting your trust? Do you find yourself in stress, turmoil, anxiety or fear? What was your mind set during the past presidential election cycle and its results? Consider this….
Psalm 118: 8-9, “It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.”
Why not trust people? Because all people sin and fail. Only God can save people and nations.
Romans 3: 23, “there is no distiction, since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.”
We must first address the issue of in whom we trust and put our confidence. It is easy to say, “I trust in God” or “In God we trust”, but are we really living and acting like we believe it? In the core of our mind and heart, who do we trust in, put faith in, depend on, rely on, commit ourselves to, and focus on?
I am concerned that too many Christians today are actually trusting in political parties and governing leaders for their future. Is America really putting its hope and faith in President Biden or past President Trump? Do you find that your mind and emotions run to security or panic based on which person/party is in office? Are you living in the peace that passes understanding by trusting God in spite of circumstance? Do the words you speak, your emotions, and your behavior exemplify your trust in God?
Consider a few examples of godly character in the Bible where “men of faith” were living under ungodly governmental authorities. How did they think? What characterized their emotions? What was their behavior while living in those circumstancs?
Daniel lived in Babylon under captivity and pagan kings.
Joseph lived in Egypt under slavery and pagan rulers and Pharoahs.
Jesus lived in Israel under the rule of the Roman Empire, paying taxes and finally crucified by their soldiers.
Paul was a Roman citizen who traveled in many cities, facing persecution, arrest and imprisionment, finally beheaded for preaching Christ (Truth).
Did any of these start protests, or riots, or revolutions? Did they spend their time speaking out about these ungodly governments and their rulers? What did they spend their time teaching and preaching about? I think they spent much time in prayer and teaching the gospel instead, while being and living righteous, always with security, peace, and hope in God. Maybe we should learn from their examples?
I am not saying that we are to keep silent. We are to always speak the truth in love. Truth must be our strong foundation and we must speak it out. Love is our method and the expression in behavior.
“Let our lives lovingly express truth in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, even Christ.” Ephesians 4:15
“Let us not love merely in theory or in speech, but in deed and in truth, in practice and in sincerity.” 1 John 3:18
So, first we must stand on our strong foundation of Jesus Christ, in Truth, and in Love…..lifting no one or nothing higher. God still is higher and mightier.
Yet, while we speak the truth in love, we must discern that there are those who say they speak truth and claim it is an act of love, yet they are false liars and the truth is not in them. How do we discern true and false leaders, prophets, and teachers?

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