Government Leaders?!

I published this a few years ago on a different site, I believe it deserves a re-publish.

I just listened to a preacher blast our Government and call some of our individual Government leaders by unflattering and inflammatory names. I have to say I was a bit shocked to hear such a speech coming from a preacher. It was a five minute snippet at the beginning of his sermon, near the end of this snippet; he promised there would be more of the same in the rest of his sermon against our Government leaders. I wonder how God felt about the ranting? I just don’t know, the preacher said it was a message from God, is that true?

Hmmmm…. I’m not sure; I do share (below) what I know the Bible says about leadership and Government. In the meantime, is blasting our government leaders either scriptural or advisable? We as a nation have set into place proper steps and channels through which we may act when we find our leaders to be less than honorable.

May I gently put forth this suggestion?

As Christians, we need to follow those steps, which were set in place under a more godly governing body of the past – that is when once our forefathers led us – ever mindful of their own higher accountability to God in their morals, words and actions.

Our options are to HONOR them because God has put them into place, FOLLOW their lead if they worthy of such respect as to do so. – or – if they have proven themselves to be of poor leadership, character and morals – VOTE them out or IMPEACH them. Above all we are called to PRAY for them. If we cannot do these things, then, who are we? Can we throw out stones of judgment regarding our leaders, when we too have failed in our task as followers of Christ?

Below is that which I have found within the Word of God:

Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and follow their orders. They watch over your souls without resting, since they must give to God an account of their service. If you obey them, they will do their work gladly; if not, they will do it with sadness, and that would be of no help to you. 18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.

Matthew 5:39 But now I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek too. 40 And if someone takes you to court to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well. 41 And if one of the occupation troops forces you to carry his pack one mile, carry it two miles. 42 When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants to borrow something, lend it to him. 43 “You have heard that it was said, “Love your friends, hate your enemies.’ 44 But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you 45 so that you may become the children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil. 46 Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you? Even the tax collectors do that! 47 And if you speak only to your friends, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Even the pagans do that! 48 You must be perfect – just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Anyone else want to share what the Bible says on this subject?  Feel free to comment.