The Leaders We Deserve

By now you have probably seen the videos of Georgia Democrat State Representative, Hank Johnson and Democrat Congressman Pete Stark that have been making the rounds via email. In one video, Representative Johnson voices his concern at an Armed Services Committee Meeting over the possibility of Guam tipping over and capsizing. In the other video, Congressman Stark brazenly berates constituents and makes a mockery of border security. If you have not seen them, please be sure to watch before reading this post.

When I first saw these videos I was appalled and outraged. How in the world can men like this get elected to public office as representatives of the people? My next reaction was despair. If these are the types of men we have running our nation, then there is no hope. Finally I settled down and began to look at this situation from a biblical perspective. This past Sunday, my pastor, Dr. Chris Duncan preached a sermon that helped me come to the conclusion that follows in this entry.

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Recently I was discussing politics, government, socialism, and the general state of our Obama-nation with three or four other people. We all shared the same sentiments – we are in a mess. At one point I suggested that the leaders we have are the ones we deserve and that these leaders are a judgment on the U.S. The discussion grew silent. Finally someone made a comment. “Well, Satan’s power is definitely obvious.” “I didn’t say Satan,” I said, “I said that that this mess is God’s judgment on us.” To paraphrase his response, he said in essence that my statement could not be true. A loving God would not put anti-Christian or just plain inept leaders over the good old God-fearing U.S. of A. God might allow that in a pagan nation, but certainly not to us. I agreed that God would not do that to a God-fearing Christian nation but it’s a pretty far stretch to say that, as a nation, that is what we are. It is also pretty darn narcissistic to think that God would withhold judgment on us as a nation. It is certainly not in line with the biblical account of how God deals with the ungodly, either individually or corporately.  Time and time again, throughout history God has warned us that if we insist on having our way with sin, if we want to kill the unborn, practice immorality, insist that our schools and government agencies deny God, continue pursuing gluttonous and materialistic gain, and pride ourselves in our own humanistic accomplishments, then he will give us over to our sin and let us have what we want. What we get is leaders in government who openly deny God (like Stark), refer to Christians as “something we’re going to have learn how to deal with,” and leave voice mail messages on concerned veteran’s phones like “I’ll call you back later and let you tell me why you think you’re such a great g****mn hero” or by publicly telling a citizen at a town hall meeting, “I wouldn’t dignify you by peeing on your leg. It wouldn’t be worth wasting the urine.” Wow. If we as a nation do not look at the scriptural examples given to us of God’s judgment, then we can surely count on a pagan nation given over to the consequences of sin for our children and grandchildren. It is certain. Several passages refer to God “giving people over” to their sins:

Romans 1.24-26 and 28-32 4Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves, 25because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.26For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error. 28And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. 29They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, 31foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die—yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them.

God’s judgment is not only reserved for individuals but for entire nations. In the following passages, all from the book of Judges, God repeatedly hands his chosen people over to rotten rulers and leaders. Does this sound familiar?…

Judges 3:-10

7 The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD; they forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs. 8 The anger of the LORD burned against Israel so that he sold them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim, [b] to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years.

Judges 3:12-14

2 Once again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and because they did this evil the LORD gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel. 13 Getting the Ammonites and Amalekites to join him, Eglon came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms. [d] 14 The Israelites were subject to Eglon king of Moab for eighteen years.

Judges 4:1-3

1 After Ehud died, the Israelites once again did evil in the eyes of the LORD. 2 So the LORD sold them into the hands of Jabin, a king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth Haggoyim. 3 Because he had nine hundred iron chariots and had cruelly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the LORD for help.

Judges 6:1-6(a)

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites. 2 Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. 3 Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country. 4 They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys. 5 They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count the men and their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it. 6Midian so impoverished the Israelites

Judges 10:6-14

6 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD. They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and the gods of Aram, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites and the gods of the Philistines. And because the Israelites forsook the LORD and no longer served him, 7 he became angry with them. He sold them into the hands of the Philistines and the Ammonites, 8 who that year shattered and crushed them. For eighteen years they oppressed all the Israelites on the east side of the Jordan in Gilead, the land of the Amorites. 9 The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to fight against Judah, Benjamin and the house of Ephraim; and Israel was in great distress.

Over and over again this happens. But there is hope in all of this trouble. As sure as God spells out the consequences over and over again, he also spells out the solution over and over again. At the end of each of these passages the people cry out to God and he delivers them.

Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD, “We have sinned against you, forsaking our God and serving the Baals.”

…the Israelites that they cried out to the LORD for help.

But when they cried out to the LORD, he raised up for them a deliverer…

Now is the time for us to humble ourselves; to stop putting our faith in government, in education, in democracy, in capitalism, in the economy, in our retirement plans, and turn to the one who is the Lord of it all… The Lord, Jesus Christ. History does repeat itself all over the globe. Let us earnestly, sincerely, and humbly get on our knees, repent and turn, and beg for God’s mercy – to give us the leaders that we need and not the ones we deserve.

Listen to Dr. Duncan’s sermon by clicking this link and clicking on July 18. http://www.tpcopelika.org/worship.html

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Posted on July 20, 2010, in Christian Living Blog Entries and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. wow Carl that is powerful stuff you write. You are getting the gospel message out there.

  2. That’s some pretty strong stuff. I agree with your commentary on the ungodly state of the union but I fear we are too prideful to fall on our knees.

    Thanks for the post.

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