How could I keep this post short enough to read? I realize that the majority of people are not convinced the the Bible is accurate. I know that I could not throw every proof discovered over the past fifty years and prove its validity, so I won't. Here is a biblical view of selecting leaders in a way that pleases God, or displeases Him.
If you read the books of 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles, in the Old Testament, you may find it most interesting how each of Israel's divided kingdom's leaders reacted to their being placed to rule over the people. You see a name, then you get the length and sum of his reign. It says something similar to this: "And Jehoash reigned over Judah 40 years, and did that which was right in the sight of the Lord," or, " Abijah ruled in Israel, and did not walk in the ways of the Lord and did wickedly"...
From these books, and adding 1 and 2 Samuel, their writings showed how this powerful little nation rose to power under a godly king, in David the shepherd giant killer, that loved God with everything, and how Israel prospered under his reign, to kings that took Israel's prominence to the dirt. These evil leaders ignored God completely, and served foreign gods, eventually tearing the people out of the land, and taken away to bondage in Babylon, as they were before in Egypt. The land was their's forever, given to Abraham, and inherited by them, but God said that He would remove them from this promised piece of ground if they were disobedient and disregarded Him.
I am sure there were people then, as there is today, that say things like, why is God so unjust? What have we done to offend Him, that we have lost our freedoms, and our prosperity? I don't want to serve a God like that, in fact, I don't even believe in Him!" Does that sound familiar? It should because this is the state of mind we are in today. We have listened to those who have no belief in God, and follow the god called science, only believing in things that have physical proof. Yet these "brilliant" people are, at least many are, fully in agreement with science without evidence, and follow Darwinian evolution as an explanation for man's existence. They wholly follow anything that disregards God, and put these unproven "facts" in our textbooks, teaching our children false teachings of man. The result is we have a society that elects leaders that follow the theories they were taught as fact, or walk in the ways of the scientist, forgetting God, and do "wickedly" in His sight. How do they do wicked things?
It isn't just the science, but every branch of education, every governmental program or department, all scream out the Constitutional "separation of church and state," which does not appear in our Constitution, but they have successfully written this law in the minds of the citizen's, and have had any reminders of God removed from government and public places, setting up new idols of man's achievement, eliminating the memory of our humble beginnings of how the originators honored the Almighty as head of this land. And the fall began when the doctrines of man took precedence over the truth of the Bible, teaching theories. Prayer invoking God's blessing and provision was removed from public education, and instead of having hundreds and thousands of school children asking blessings, we have near anarchy in many inner city schools, being are located in war and drug zones, and little children having to go through metal detectors to be taught to believe in man, and not God any longer. What did you say, I didn't hear that. Did you say we have gone from the top ten in education worldwide to twenty-sixth? No child left behind?
All of this does eventually come together. Israel's repetitive obstinence, continued to place leaders as kings, that did as we are doing, and ignoring God and His ways, and they eventually were no more. Those leaders put the prophets of God to death, elected false prophets that spoke in their favor, and evil kings crushed any resistence to the new, false prophets doctrines, erasing every thought of the law, and the history of those who had done the same. As the king goes, so goes the nation. Every kingdom that has ruled, and placed man as the center, has fallen, or is falling.
The difference a leader makes in biblcal history is staggering. When the good king, that directed the people into God's ways ruled, the nation prospered and the people taught their young from birth to follow God. Of course, this is just a fairy tale to the ones who say the Bible is not reliable truth. The evidence of these truths are on the pages of history, yet we are like those evil kings and listen to the words of false prophets and leaders, and look where we are today. Before kingdoms have fallen in history, two things happen. The first is moral decline, second is economical collapse. Are we there? More importantly, can we stop the fall?
As I said in paragraph one, there is more to say, so I will try to finish this tomorrow. There are many scriptures that I feel are pertinent to this post, but I want to keep this as short s possible, to keep your attention, so I will add them in part 2. The election is nearing, but so is Christ's return. All over this world people are hungering for peace and prosperity as in the former times, at least in the free nations. People under oppressed governments, and communistic rule, want to see freedom's origin. I understand that we ahve an enemy determined to wipe out these hopes. Come back for part two tomorrow, and I will attempt to wrap this up, and give the people who read my posts in those places some hope from a biblical perspective, and we who think we are free as well.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.