Today’s polls reveal that people fear corrupt government officials more than terrorism or a failed economy.
In the Old Testament is the story of the Israelites’ desire to have an earthly king, so they would be like other nations. Up to this time, God Himself had been their King. The Lord warned them about life under an earthly king. He told them a king would burden them with taxes, conscript their children, and take their lands and their freedom. The Lord’s warning is just as real today. We fear corrupt leaders, for we know they will burden us with taxes, conscript our children, and in the end take our lands and our freedom.
The election of our next president draws closer each day. Many are fearful that one or the other might be elected, but the Bible tells us no king leads except the Lord God allows him to lead. God is sovereign over all principalities, powers, and authorities. Whomever is elected, they will answer to God, either on this earth, or in eternity.
The important question for us is whether God’s plan for our nation is to bless or to judge. We may get the president we vote for, but it is God who determines the reason for their election. So as we feel the fear of tomorrow rising in our hearts, we need to be sure we are fearing the right thing. For there is only one thing to fear, and that is God’s judgment.
For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 1 Peter 4:17-18 (ESV)