Whether due to scandal in the great halls of government or due to failing policies, people from Greece to Germany to Spain to the U.S. are rapidly losing confidence in their governments. Economies are failing. Lies and spin have become the preferred means of dealing with questions and criticisms of officials or policies. Constitutional freedoms are (at the very least) close to being trampled under foot as is evidenced by recent disclosure of wiretaps and of biased processing of tax exemption requests.
Far too many government officials have long forgotten–if they ever considered the concept at all–that they are supposed to be public servants. They are supposed to listen to and to represent the will of the people, at least in the system of government that we have inherited in the United States.
A people becomes depressed and discouraged when those in whom they have put their hope and trust repeatedly disappoint. Then the people become angry as they realize the depths to which “leaders” will go in order to serve their own ambitions instead of honestly evaluating the effects of their actions on the people they are supposed to serve. Citizens may be tempted to lose hope as they wonder whether the system has passed the point of repair.
Scandal in human government is nothing new, of course. Without endorsing such immoral behavior, the Bible records several examples of political assassinations among the kings of Israel, Assyria, and other countries. Solomon’s son Rehoboam stands as an example of a self-serving ruler whose policies divided a country and caused his own downfall.
In Stark Contrast to All the Negative News
A distinct advantage of believing in Jesus Christ is knowing that there is one ruler who will never govern with anything less than perfect righteousness and justice. (Psalm 72:1-2; Hebrews 1:8) The day is coming when Jesus Himself will rule over all the earth. (Psalm 72:8) His rule will be everlasting. (Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 7:27) All other rulers will submit to Him, as is fitting. (Daniel 7:27; Psalm 72:11))
As “King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:14-15), not only will Jesus return and rule over the earth in a future time (perhaps in the very near future!), but Scripture tells us also that, even now, He is sovereign over decisions made by kings and presidents and prime ministers and chancellors and party chairmen. As Proverbs 21:1 says,
The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord like channels of water; He turns it wherever he wants.
We might say that, even today, Jesus Christ, as King of kings and Lord of lords, graciously limits the damage that might be done by officials great and small, whether they hold office for decades or for mere months. Government may seem out of control. And from a human perspective, it may very well be out of control. But God is sovereign. He says,
Truly I am God, I have no peer; I am God, and there is none like Me, who announces the end from the beginning and reveals beforehand what has not yet occurred, who says, “My plan will be realized, I will accomplish what I desire.” (Isaiah 46:9-10)
Jesus Christ will rule. Every knee will bow to Him of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth. Every tongue will agree that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Philippians 2:10-11) And His rule will be the epitome of good.
The Christian, by the goodness and grace of God, can confidently say,
But our citizenship is in heaven – and we also await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20)
This truly does help us deal in a positive and patient way with the frustrations created by imperfect–or even corrupt–human governments until the day God’s kingdom comes.