Serving a questionable leader?



THE STORY OF JESUS: Jeremiah 39-40
“Serve the king of Babylon, and it will go well with you.” (Jeremiah 40:9)
I am trying to figure out how this message fits for Jesus followers.
Through history there have been ungodly rulers in charge of our world.
What does it mean to “serve the king”, when that kings is evil or unjust?
It obviously cannot mean to join the king in their ungodly behaviour.
We submit to God as we submit to our leaders, even when they are wicked.
We don’t support them, but we do not rebel against them either.
As ‘servants’, like Jesus we go beneath in order to help.
We win them over by graciousness and humility and servanthood.
It is evident to them that we are different, that we have integrity and honesty.
We pray for our leaders, and we live good, honourable lives before them.
“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God.” (1 Peter 2:12)
We will speak the truth, but we speak that truth in love – not rebellious defiance.
What does it mean for me to ‘serve’ my new premier, whether I like him or not?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
PRAYER
Lord, help me to be a humble servant also in regards to leadership, government, justice and mercy. You have not called me to play politics, but to be like You. Help me to know what this means.

One Comment

  1. Trust the Lord.
    The Lord is my Rescuer.
    Trust in Him.
    Talk with Him in all circumstances.
    World events happen so that the people may see the hand of the Lord.
    Work and pray.
    Pray for the king.
    Open my eyes Lord that I see you at work with Your people
    and
    as always
    I need to stay in the shelter of Your wings in all circumstances
    for You are my Lord and King.

    When we walk with the Lord
    In the light of His Word,
    What a glory He sheds on our way;
    While we do His good will,
    He abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.

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