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To be able to vote is an amazing privilege that we have in this country, it is an stewardship. I really believe that we don’t vote by party but vote always on principles. Exodus 18:21 says, ‘Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.’ So there is the Word of God telling us how to vote, voting on these principles. Now it’s very possible you are not going to get a candidate close to those principles but vote for someone closest to what it says in this verse. We can hold our politicians to account by telling them what we believe about different issues and asking them what are they going to do, because they are our representatives.
The attributes and characteristics of the first President of the United States George Washington are to admired. One of them is that he had the power but he walked away from it. He could have remained but he was a man of integrity and principle. During the time he served his country, he did his duty with great perseverance, strength and humility. Many people throughout history have had the power and they have abused that position and persecuted their people and have been overcome by the love of money. Too many times we have seen corruption in Government displaying the nature of man which is inheritably evil.
George Washington warned about some of these things in his farewell address. Like the spirit of party and warning against factions and corruption. I was going to go through some of the words that President Washington spoke about in his address but I’m not going to get around to that now, maybe another time. I will finish with this quote from Mr Washington. He said this,’ “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour.’
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Government is instituted by God but there are authorities that do what’s right and those who are corrupt and do evil. There is nothing new under the sun. There were ungodly governments in history as there is now. So Governing authorities are there so that the rule of law is upheld and that evil is punished. They are to enact laws to punish the bad. It explains this in the Bible in 1 Timothy 1:8-10. Also check out Romans 13:1-7 to see the purpose of Government and that the leaders in a community, in a nation are ministers of God.
Proverbs 14:34 says,’Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.’ Proverbs 11:10-11 says,’When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.’ We should hold Government and leaders to the role that is given to them. There is good governments and corrupt governments. There is this pattern you see throughout history of people becoming leaders of nation but rather than seeing it as their duty to serve the people they represent, they use and abuse that office to become more powerful and to see their own selfish ambitions fulfilled. Throughout history we see leaders of nations and empires rise and fall but thank God that one day His Kingdom will be ruling and reigning on the earth. A perfect government. Daniel chapter 2 talks about kingdoms rising and falling as we can see in history but then in verse 44 it says,’And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.’
Revelation 11:15 says ‘Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” Proverbs 16:12 says ‘It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established by righteousness.’
Also we see throughout history power being concentrated in the hands of one individual with dictators and oppressive governments. Let me mention a couple of books on this theme both by historian William J. Federer. The first one is Volume 1 Change to Chains-The 6,000 Year Quest for Control and Volume 2 Rise of the Tyrant.