Should we oust the President?

Posted: March 6, 2015 in Numbers, thought to ponder
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What assurance do we have that these guys won’t raise their fist when the next president sits? (Photo courtesy of: http://www.getrealphilippines.com)

Hong Kong Tourist Fiasco. Handling Yolanda. SAF 44. Not showing up for the arrival honors. The list is longer than we think. People are getting jittery. My teacher in history once said, “six years are short for a good president, and too long for a bad one.” There are rumors of coup de’ etat. There are rallies done by the left. Social media has been so divisive on the issue of our president. How should we, as one who carries the name of Christ, react or handle this situation? Should we be joining the rallies, post on social media about our anger and frustration against the government?

(Read Numbers 12)

Miriam and Aaron was questioning the leadership of Moses. Specifically, it was Miriam who was the vocal one, who led the charge against Moses and Aaron seemed to go along (as usual, as in the case of the golden calf). They were questioning the decision of Moses regarding marriage. At this point, we are not certain if Zipporah (Moses’ wife at Midian) was still alive but Moses recently got married to a Cushite (an Ethiopian). This may seem to be a family matter but it has exploded into an attack on the leadership of Moses. God dealt with Miriam by punishing her with leprosy. An attack on the leader given by God is an attack to God himself.

In the same way, when we think of attacking the government, or the president, for that matter, we attack God. For it is he who has placed the president in authority. We may say, “the president is so not like Moses“, or say, “Isn’t the passage only applicable to the Old Testament because it’s talking about Moses?

When we go to the New Testament, we have the book of Romans which states…

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. (Rom. 13:1-2)

The Apostle Peter also said…

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. (1 Peter 2:13-14)

Clearly, Scriptures points us to both Old Testament and New Testament that we ought to respect the authorities whom God has given. Peter was writing at a time of persecution but instead of taking arms, he chose to submit to authorities.

God dealt with Miriam when she was complaining about Moses. God will deal with us when we raise our hands towards the leaders whom He has appointed.

So what should we do when we have grievances?

#1 Pray. Before anything else, before reacting, before commenting, pray for our leaders.

#2 Vote Wisely. If we complain or air our concerns, we should practice our right to suffrage and vote for leaders who would lead this nation. Every vote counts.

#3 Use proper channels. When we have complaints, there is a reason why the Ombudsman was created. The office of the ombudsman is responsible to seek out the injustices done by government officials. We can file a complaint from there. We use the law instead of resorting to social media bashing.

Instead of raising our fist against the government, we go back to God. Feel free to write your thoughts regarding this topic.

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Comments
  1. Alden says:

    amen Pastor Gabo, thank u 🙂 I praise God for you

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