The news said over the weekend (not sure I believe much of what they say at this point) that this election has caused severe stress and anxiety. It has divided family and friends. I suppose it is so by watching social media. If I were honest it truly has caused me some worry and concern~ I have even needed to repent of my own anger. This election just has me angry at the whole mess.
Maybe that is a good thing. Maybe we Christians need to be awakened from our slumbering state and spend more time begging God for His mercy and grace on our country.
An unknown poet wrote ~
" A careless word may kindle strife;
a cruel word may wreck a life.
A bitter word may hate instill;
a brutal word may smite and kill.
A gracious word may smooth the way:
a joyous word may light the day.
A timely word may lessen stress;
a loving word may heal and bless."
Yesterday our Pastor preached on The Anomaly of a Good King. He reminded us that 1 out of every 5 kings in Isreal in the Bible were good rulers. Are you with me? It gave me a little hope. The message was on King Josiah and what makes a good leader. King Josiah was only 8 years old when he became king. Yet~ he was a great king because his main priority was focusing on God. The outline below is from our service from Dr. Monty Shinkle.
- Good leaders are rare. (II Chronicles 34)
- Good leaders surround themselves with good people.
- Good leaders do what is right in the sight of the Lord. (II Chronicles 34:2)
- Good leaders respect and respond to the Word of God. (II Chronicles 34:18,19)
- Good leaders are consistent in private and public. (II Chronicles 34:31)
- Good leaders finish what they start. (II Chronicles 34:33)
- Good leaders may not ultimately change hearts and people . ( II Chronicles 34:33)