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October 22, 2016

Proverb 29:2 When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule the peoples mourn.

Proverb 16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of the kings; and they love him that speaketh right

Proverbs 11: 10 -11 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. By blessing the upright the city is exalted; but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked

Our United States presidential election is about 17 days from now, and I like so many others cannot wait for this election to be over. In all my life I have never experienced such a contention election as this one has been. This election has sent me to my knees with tears in my eyes, asking God for help and direction for our country and political system.

Our nation is not only divided by political parties but also within our religious organizations; there are disagreements over the religious stance of our candidates. Each party believes God has ordained for their candidate to be the president. It makes me wonder who is hearing from God and is God allowing whoever wins the election to be in charge so our nation can be punished for our godless society.

When I was growing up, the church believed that politicians were corrupt, so they discouraged believers from running for any kind of office. However, in my adult years, I now understand and see the merit of having a righteous person in the office. In the three scriptures above written by Solomon, he shares his thoughts on the righteous being in a place of authority, the effect, and outcome of this position on people and the adverse effect of the ungodly. Thus, I can surmise if believers were running the world and obeying God’s Word many of the crises we are now experiencing would be abated.

In the future believers will reign on earth with Jesus during His millennium reign (Revelation 20:4). Also, because there will be a mixed group of people on earth (mortals and immortals) Jesus will need to rule with a rod of iron, and He will enforce mortal men to adhere to His laws (Revelation 2:27; 12:5; 19:15). However, after the millennial reign and the White Throne judgment, there is coming a day when we will live in peace for only the righteous will inhabited the new earth. Until that time, believers are admonished to have dominion in the earth (Genesis 1:27) and to occupy the earth until Jesus returns to it (Luke 19:13). We are to be influential, we are to be change agents, we are to be ambassadors, and we need to run for public offices. Don’t you agree?


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