Everyone acknowledges politics are imperfect now. While we live and vote responsibly in today’s world, Jesus promised us he would bring his administration to this Earth some day. Let’s say hello to what that promised future will be like — what kind of leaders would I love to have and vote for…
- Judges who works for justice to the weak — the illiterate and socially awkward — and fatherless, and those afflicted and sick. And even judges who bring about good for the poor who cannot afford a lawyer to help them fight their cause. (Psalm 82:3, Exodus 23:6)
- Presidents (or Prime Ministers) who take only the minimum taxes necessary, exercise the minimum restrictions possible, study the Bible personally, do not enrich themselves, and enlist only those who desire to serve. (Matthew 22:21, Deuteronomy 17:14-20, 1 Samuel 8:10-12)
- Military leaders who go out for the cause of truth, the cause of the meek and humble, and for doing what is right even while waging war. (Psalm 45:4)
- Police, courts, and a penal system who punish those who do wrong — and ONLY those who do wrong — by God’s granting of wisdom for justice (Romans 13:3, 1 Peter 3:14).
- Governors and mayors who give commendation to those who are doing what is good, to show us examples of living rightly. (Romans 13:3, 1 Peter 3:14)
- Natural Resources Manager who ensures the mountains bring wealth to all the people — especially the poor. (Psalm 72:3)
- Eloquent political communicators in leadership who explain good policy, and when praised, they honor God. (Acts 12:20-23, Genesis 41:16).
- Fellow citizens who fight the pride, arrogance in their hearts and humble themselves before God, and turn from their individual sin which they do and tolerate in one another, and seek God for personal forgiveness. (2 Chronicles 7:14, Jeremiah 48:29-33)
- President (or Prime Minister) who will, by God’s enabling strength, fight the sin in his own heart, humble himself, and lead me and our nation away from sin. (Jonah 3:6, 1 Kings 14:16)
- Leaders of Infrastructure who desperately seek God personally, even taking great personal risk, before undertaking a Civil Engineering task. (Nehemiah 1:4-11)
- Legislators who write laws that make it easier for the needy to get justice, and ensure that the weak, the busy, the disorganized get everything that belongs to them. (Isaiah 10:1-3)
- Courageous families of those in power who are wiling to say what needs to be said, going against popular policy and the most dangerous leaders in their land, even at the risk to their own lives. (Esther 4:16)
Jesus teaches us to pray for God to bring his kingdom to earth, just as it already is in heaven. And as long as I live here, I exercise my faith in him by hope for the things he has promised. I look forward to them, knowing that I’m never quite going to fit on earth. I’ll always be a bit like a foreigner. Not quite an immigrant; but more than a tourist. But I’m looking forward to a homeland, confident God will bring me to it.
These [Noah, Abraham, Sarah, etc.] all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. — Hebrews 11:13-14 ESV
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ — Philippians 3:20 ESV
Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. — Revelation 20:4-6 ESV