May 23, 2011

Political Wisdom

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- May 23, 2011

“By me [wisdom] kings reign and rulers make laws that are just; by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.” Proverbs 8:15-16

The wisdom of God overshadows the best and brightest thinking of man. This is why our ancestors accessed the Almighty for knowledge and understanding in crafting our constitution. Its remarkable effectiveness is contingent on faith: faith in God, faith in government and faith in its citizens.

Indeed, politicians who plead with Providence for wisdom will become the wiser. Those rulers who recognize their authority is from God, will rule for God. There is a humble ambition that escorts the most effective statesman into public service, as political pride is exchanged for humble wisdom.

Those who rule wisely allow religion to rule in their conscious and character. Political wisdom is a perquisite for those public servants who govern on behalf of the people, and who are in alignment with the principles of Providence. These wise rulers are able to rest in peace in the middle of a storm.

A culture thrown into economic chaos especially needs principled men and women to step up, to sacrifice, and to make hard decisions. Wisdom in the middle of extreme uncertainty requires painful prescriptions to prevent further panic. Wise politicians face disastrous consequences and determine what’s best for the whole in light of the long term. Pray for political leaders to look beyond themselves and only short-term relief, but to use the perspective and principles of God found in Holy Scripture.

Indeed, political wisdom prays for intervention by the Almighty, and understanding from the Almighty. Perhaps during desperate days a filibuster of faith is needed first, so our leaders start by looking and listening to the Lord. Just laws follow political wisdom, because it does what’s right, as Christ defines right. Wise politicians keep their hand of faithfulness on the Bible’s principles, and their heart submitted under the Lord’s authority. Presidents honor Him by never forgetting their inaugural sacred vow of, “So help me God.”

The Bible says, ““Blessed be the LORD your God who delighted in you to set you on the throne of Israel; because the LORD loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness” (1 Kings 10:9, NASB).

How can I facilitate political wisdom with those public servants in my circle of influence?

Related Readings: Psalm 148:11-13; Daniel 2:21-47; Romans 13:1; Revelation 19:11-16

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  1. Please utilize spell check in your postings. There are daily errors in spacing and spelling. “Political wisdom is a perquisite for those public servants …” is an example. I will guess you meant prerequisite. Wisdom to gain from others is OK.

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