Over the years, we have seen and heard of leadership failures from a local level to the pinnacle of leadership positions. In some of these instances I wonder if society has become numb to the effects of ineffective leadership, especially when leaders blatantly disregard sacred text of Scripture. A few of these leaders made some form of profession of faith, verbally assuaging the conservative masses that they know God, yet their works furnish no evidence of this.
Many would ask, is this possible; how can this be; how could anyone carry out such senseless deeds? The answer is yes and no. You see, you can know God by way of intellect, you can believe you know God; you can have a knowledge of God as a scholar.
Yet we know that saving knowledge yields fruit of righteousness through Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:11). Transforming truth changes the conduct and actions of those who have been saved by it and trained through it. Therefore, when anyone who claims to know God lives contrary to the teaching, they are living alone. Consequently when a leader makes a profession of faith but denies the teaching of Scripture by their action, he or she is ruling the people alone. No counsel is true apart from the counsel of God’s word. There is no truth apart from God’s divine truth (John 17:17).
It is on the premise that we must evaluate the faith or lack thereof in those who lead.
But what this does teach us is when leaders rule alone, failure is imminent. When leaders lead with no point of reference and accountability to God, all of a sudden sin is acceptable and unrighteousness is righteous. What they offer by way of concession and monetary prosperity pales in comparison to the justice of a holy God against those who reject His ordinances.
The bible in Isaiah chapter 5 and verse 20 makes this abundantly clear. It reads, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.”
At this stage we cannot expect anything good from man in this condition. The only true point of moral reference is found through God, but fallen man cannot accept this because he is morally bankrupt and spiritually dead. Naturally he will neglect righteousness, justice, and holiness. He will neglect the role distinctions God has clearly mandated in Scripture, where women have a glorious call by God to help shepherd their children. When a leader rules without the Master of the universe, he will reject what God calls good and accept what God calls evil. Sad but true, when ruler leads alone, when he leads without the Wonderful Counselor, all forms of perversion will come to the surface under his or her ruling.
I say this in light of the pervading challenges we have experienced over the past few years and the attacks against godliness and the gospel is steadily escalating from the highest of offices to the local government.
This is a call to prayer; that God will provide godly men and women who are not afraid to speak God’s word to our leaders with respect and honor. We are commanded in 1 Timothy 2:1-7 of the necessity of praying for our leaders. Our mission is not to slander them or publicly criticize them by defaming their character. But when they deviate from God’s word, we must declare the only truth.
I do not have access to the oval office or any place of significance but as one who has access to God, there is no greater blessing as a citizen of heaven and a citizen of this temporal earth than the opportunity to call our sovereign God who controls all creation, and ask that He by His grace will send the right people to give our leaders a biblical perspective on life and priorities.
Because when a king rules alone, when a leader seeks to lead people apart from God’s final authority, the outcome is never good or safe. In the end, the people will suffer at the hands of such leadership as a result of God’s divine judgment.
Again we have God’s word to us:
1 Timothy 2:1-6, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.”
As we vote, let us pray because this is God’s command for us. As a husband, father, and one who is grateful for this country, the decisions we see from some of our leaders should drive us to fervently pray to our great God as we trust His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
And yes, we must always believe that God is still in control; but ungodly leadership is leading alone because God’s wisdom has been rejected.
Finally, we must all exercise restraint when speaking of our leaders. We are to respect them for their office and honor them. We are called to make “requests, prayers, petitions and thanksgiving” for everyone, including those who are in positions of leadership (1 Tim. 2:1). We pray for their salvation; many of them are not saved and their decisions give greater evidence to their depravity.
At the same time, we do not turn a blind eye to what they are doing, because they have been called by God to do what is right.
Again to that end, we must diligently pray for our country. Because a man who rules without God, rules alone.