Robert is asking for opinions. And it got me to thinking. What are my expectations of those elected officials? I definitely take their work for granted. I expect my lifestyle to be unhindered. I want my freedoms. me. me. me. Hmm. Is government all about my wants, or is there a greater purpose for those in authority?
First of all, a democracy is one where the people are elected to represent all of the people’s wishes. That means they have to be attentive to those constituents.
Secondly, I expect my government to run with moral and fiscal integrity. They have a high standard to uphold. And the world is watching.
Third, a government provides a safe boundary around society. Safety from within or from without is crucial for security and for trust to grow.
Fourth, government establishes a framework for a culture. That culture develops over time, and history preserves the stories. The people in those stories define the culture.
Micah 6:8 tells us that it is our job to dispense justice and mercy, and to have humility before God. Our government is not exempt from that assignment.
God has allowed our rulers to be in a position of authority for such a time as this. Election results are no shock to God. He can work in any person of His choosing. He can allow any personality to come to power, so that His purposes may be fulfilled.
If our country continues down a path away from God and His commandments, it will also experience the consequences of those choices. I pray that those in a position of authority will lead with their hearts turned toward God.
Theirs is a monumental responsibility.