Me and My Big Red Barn
Updated: May 20, 2020
Honor Your Leaders: by Pastor Lorie Nichols
At a time where you can point fingers, make accusations, and have conspiracy theories about what the government is doing, choose not to.
Whether leaders are saved, unsaved, righteous, or unrighteous, we are called to pray for them, not condemn them. Part of God bringing revival to the world will be dependent on us having right hearts that are free from rebellion. In 1 Timothy 2:1-4 it says, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
It does not benefit you to speak out about government leaders or any other leaders; and if you join in with others who do, it vexes your own soul. We are told about this kind of talk in Ephesians 4:29-32. It says, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
The Apostle Paul told Titus in Titus 3:1,2 to, "Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men." You may not agree with every decision, judgment, or ruling these leaders make, but it's not up to you to decide; it's up to you to comply. If they would ever ask you to do something immoral, illegal, or against God's laws, then certainly you would not comply, like Daniel. Remember, when the children of Israel went into captivity in Babylon, the Prophet Jeremiah told them that there was nothing that they could do about it. They were going to be going into captivity, but if they complied to the leaders in Babylon, things would be ok for them.