What About Governing?
What can we learn about governing our lives from others, from people of faith? The following texts show that the ability to read, to discern right from wrong, have vision, restrain evil and grow in our faith helps us to live wisely, with forbearance and character that blesses those we influence. So, let’s elect to be a blessed influence and choose leaders who will do likewise, and let your votes cast forth what is right, in our government according to God’s sight. The following texts may be helpful for you.
"The Bible is translated and shall make possible a government of the people, by the people and for the people." - John Wycliffe (1324 - 1384)
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful ‘for’ teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped ‘for’ every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” - Proverbs 14:34
“The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government ‘of’ the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised.” - John C. Calhoun (1782 - 1850)
Where there is no vision, ‘the people’ are unrestrained. But happy is he who keeps the law. - Proverbs 29:18 (NASB)
‘For’ this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection, mutual affection with love. If these are yours and increase in abundance, they will keep you from being idle and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Anyone who lacks them are blind and shortsighted, forgetful of the cleansing of his past sins. - 2 Peter 1:5-9 (NAB)
Examine yourself… Let God examine you… All of you, and be diligent to correct whatever life shows you, let Him correct you, discipline you, diligently accepting His loving correction as He makes you a blessing… - so you can be hearing ‘Well done good and faithful servant.’
“A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.” - John Calvin (1509 - 1564)
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” - George Washington (1732 - 1799)
“To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of all men.” - Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
How do we address the mess that sometimes occurs in representative government that a mocker makes? Proverbs 22:10 helps, as it says, “Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.” (NIV)
Perhaps that is why the Constitution allows ‘peaceful’ protest, that those who are mockers may not make a mockery of representative government, town hall meetings, taking away the rights of ‘we the people’ to free speech (see Wycliffe’s and Washington’s quotes above) - of, by and for the people.
Perhaps these passages from the past will help you to ponder leading with vision - in your life, your family’s life, in your community leaders - whether they be in the church, the school, business or government.
Choosing wise, educated words to lead, and apply faithfully, brings fruitfulness and a fullness to life that blesses all who measure their life and character according to the Scriptures and those who have experienced its invaluable truths.
Choosing leaders in government who are thus well read, who have vision requires that we see them clearly and see where they might lead us, so that we might become a blessing to our posterity.
Thank God for godly leaders. May we elect them and godly principles that lead us aright in God’s sight.