On Ridiculing Our Leaders . . .

The Government We Deserve
Many people, Christian and otherwise, are disgusted with the current state of our government, local, state and federal alike. Too many elected officials are often pompous, conniving and self-serving. Corruption, greed, moral debauchery and the stubborn refusals to negotiate, which characterize our legislative bodies today, have led to a very disillusioned and embittered population. Many citizens, rather than actually participating in our great system of representative government, resort to hurling insults and ridicule across the internet, getting a smug satisfaction in posting the latest jibe.

In my opinion, the leaders we have elected (either by voting, or worse, by neglecting to vote) are a reflection of the values of today’s largely self-serving society. If we want a better government, we need to examine ourselves.

The Christian bears an even greater responsibility, for we have been given mandates by our Lord to “be thou examples” and to “pray for one another.”

In I Timothy 2:1-4, The Lord instructs believers:
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;
Who will (desires to have) all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.”

In those New Testament verses, God clearly instructs us to PRAY FOR those in authority over us, not criticize or ridicule them. Sarcasm and criticism are corrosive, rather than fostering healing and encouraging solutions to the pressing needs of our society. This should not be the way of the Christian, who is given the instruction by God to “be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (I Timothy 4:2) https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151683015521744&id=90690431743

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