It (God’s Law) shall be with your king, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them.

Deuteronomy 17: 19

 

In Americawe are in the midst of the political campaign season. In reality, when are we not in that season? Yet, this is a big one, for this is the year that we elect our President, our king if you will. God makes it very clear that He cares about the sort of people who govern our nations. He desires for them to be men and women who seek after His way and who live righteously. The Lord also lets us know with certainty that He is sovereign over and above all of these human rulers. There is only one true and all sufficient king, president, chancellor, or emperor and He is named Yahweh, the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings.

 

Yet, His name will not appear on the ballot that we get to cast, and He doesn’t want us to write Him in either. Choosing to elect God is not, in fact, an option that we have. He is Lord! God wants us to surrender control, yield power, and submit to His will in the way that we engage in our political systems. He wants us to trust in Him and not in any person who might be elected to office. The person who is elected as President will fail us. He will let us down. He will seek after selfish and foolish things. He will be human, indeed. I think that God wants us to make our selection based upon the person who comes the closest to living as one who knows the true King and who keeps His commandments before him all of the time.

 

The primary thing that I desire in my elected officials is someone who not only desires to hold onto the land that we have been given by God, but I seek a person who has a heart for continuing the conquest. Unfortunately, we seem to be electing too many leaders who are eager to enter into the sorts of treaties with Satan that are warned against in this passage from Moses. It doesn’t matter what party affiliation they hold or what label may be affixed to their political philosophy. The key to selection of them to lead should be their commitment to studying and to following God’s righteous law. No matter who is elected and regardless of what they may say and do, the primary responsibility for the direction that our nation goes rests solely on our shoulders. Each of us must do as God has commanded our kings to do. We must live with our hearts firmly planted in God’s will and focused on living in the center of His righteousness. We have a mandate from God to make known our understanding of His will. Then we must trust in the eternal truth that Yahweh is Lord, and His reign is supreme!