By Dr. Lawrence Butler, The Bridge Church, Pembroke.
The Political Season (1Ti 2:1-4) “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” We have already entered into the political season that has seen us ultimately select our next President and many Congressmen.
All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 1/3 of the 100 seats in the Senate were up for election.
Numerous other positions will be filled as a result, such as the members of the next president’s cabinet to head the various executive offices (like the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Treasury, etc.). There are 15 positions currently in the Cabinet, not including the Vice President of the United States. These people make many decisions which affect our daily lives. Their jobs are not easy, and we often disagree with them.
However, we are taught by the Bible to pray for them. Our greatest motivation to do so should be “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life” of godliness (I Tim. 2:1-2). Most countries of the world are not blessed with the same freedoms and opportunities that we have. For example, it came to light that the Vice Premier of North Korea had been executed. The reason – he voiced frustration at the policies of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un. According to reports from Korea, Choe Yong-Gon took the job as Vice Premier in June, 2014.
He chose to speak against the forestry policies promoted by Kim.
He wasn’t heard from for months, then we learned that he was executed by firing squad in June of 2015. This appears to be the second execution of a high official in Korea in a year.
Defense Minister Hyon Yong-Choi was said to have been executed in April. The method – he was killed by anti-aircraft fire. The reason – for insubordination and dozing off during formal military rallies.
So, before we become so disheartened by the politics within our own country, let’s again realize that we have been greatly blessed.
We will soon have another opportunity to elect leaders. We cannot control their actions or decisions, but we can pray for them. We should first pray that God will give us the leaders He wants us to have, and then we should pray that their guidance will allow us to live that quiet, peaceable and godly life He desires for us.