THEME: CHURCH AND POLITICS
1 Samuel 13:14
“But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
–Church in Greek is written as Ekklesia and Ecclesia in Latin, which means the body of Christ. We also know that Christ is the head of the church (Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 1:22). The church also means the people of God (1 Corinthians 1:2). Whereas, politics is written as politicos in Greek, which is derived from the word polis or politis that means, the affairs of the state. There are two classes of participants in politics; that is, active and passive participants. The first class of an active participant is a political aspirant. Active participants are those who participate in active politics. We know that God is both interested and involved in politics, and He is the One who chooses leaders. When the Israelites requested for a leader, the Lord instructed Samuel to anoint Saul, and God infilled him with His Spirit, and he prophesied (1 Samuel 10:10). Likewise when David was anointed king, the Lord again installed in him His Holy Spirit (1 Samuel 16:13, Psalm 51;11). It is therefore important for believers to participate in active politics as the Lord calls us. Although Saul was elected by God, he disobeyed His commands. King Saul did not wait for Samuel the priest but was anxious and offered a sacrifice himself so as please God for victory against the Philippine army (1 Samuel 13:9). Again he spared the king Agag and the fatted livestock from the Amalekites, and the Lord rebuked him saying that, “obedience is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15;22). Even though the Lord intended his kingdom to continue forever, Saul was dethroned due to disobedience and David was installed to power. Obedience to the word of God is key in leadership as this can sustain one in rulership. God chose and still chooses leaders today, and calls us to take heed to His word. Even though some Christians pronounce that politics is a dirty game and shy away from participating. God calls us to be the required change; necessary to ensure His will is done here on earth as it is in heaven. God chose David, a neglected shepherd boy, whose heart was after His own heart. This is the vital link between church and politics. Our hearts must be after God’s own heart. Like David, God calls all those who are actively involved in politics, and all of us, to obey His word and our hearts will be draw to Him.
Lord we thank You and give You all the glory and praise. Only You are worthy and able. Only You are Jehovah and none can be compared to You. You are the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. We surrender our hearts to You. May You synchronize our hearts with Yours. May You make Your purposes and ways known to us and teach us to keep Your word. Draw us near to You and purify our hearts with Your precious blood dear Jesus. Remove any form of double-mindedness and pride from our hearts, for Your love for us endures to all generations. Teach us Abba Father to do Your will. May You bless our children as they go back to school and grant them favor before You Lord, and among men and women. May You provide school fees and other incidentals for all parents and guardians. We humbly ask You Lord to give us leaders whose hearts are after Your own heart. May You fill them with Your Holy Spirit and teach them Your ways. May Your salvation be found in our homes, society and entire nation by Your merciful love dear Jesus. Only You are the Door to eternal life, may You help us all to enter find You, now and forever. May You go ahead of us this week to give us success in all our plans and hearts desires. May You protect us from all evil and surround us with Your hedge of fire. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
Further reading: James 4:8
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