This is an excerpt from the chapter entitled:
"Give Us a King - The Search for a Champion"
Sadly, in America, we have reached a place in time where character and heart issues are not the most important quality in selecting someone to fill the highest office of our land. We only care about someone "who will fight our battles."
Since character is not king, the selection of a champion has devolved to who can win any number of “our” battles: the battle to cut taxes, strengthen the military, stop abortion, preserve abortion, stop "the immigrant hordes," fight for LGBTQ rights, fight for traditional family values, fight for healthcare, fight for local jobs, etc.
Whatever champion seems to stand up for the battles we deem the most important is who we support; morals be damned— it’s a terrible state.
If there were consequences for Israel's choosing a leader whose external portrayal of strength was greater than the strength of his character, what makes us think America will be any different? God told Israel, "And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the LORD will not hear you in that day." I believe the cries of regret have already begun to ring out in America over the choice that has been made in President Trump, and his term is not over yet.
With Saul, we've seen that it has long been the nature of man to choose a leader based on his external characteristics. How long, however, will leaders in the body of Christ follow the example of the world, and hold onto the notion that God is more interested in our President's external characteristics like false bravado, moxie, the embrace of nationalism and American superiority and the freedom to speak one's mind more than the heart qualities that God values?
It is an indictment upon the body of Christ just as it was on the children of Israel. It is unfortunate, but not without remedy. We still have the power to choose our leaders, and that choice was given to us by God, not made by God.
The question is, will the leaders of the body of Christ make the same mistake in the 2020 election and knowingly choose external qualities over internal qualities as it endorses a candidate for President? Will they continue to be mesmerized by the great bellowing from behind a façade like in the Wizard of Oz, not realizing that behind the façade is a man pretending to be much greater than he really is?
Is there no leader in the body of Christ willing to say no to external characteristics and demand a leader, a political champion, whose strength is based on his internal qualities, even dare I say, his open reliance upon God?
Proverbs 29:2 (KJV)
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
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