When you speak about Politics today the recent decision of SCOTUS, Ferguson, and the upcoming Presidential election is what comes to mind. During this political season the divide that happens between Republicans and Democrats gets larger, the contrast between two, three, four opponents gets drawn. All to fight for your attention and your vote. Lets reflect for a moment about some of the Kings that reigned during Isaiah, the prophet’s, time. We know that King Uzziah (2 Kings 15:1-5) did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but the worship of idols and gods remained. The same is true of King Jotham (2 Kings 15:32-38) and King Ahaz (2 Kings 16:1-4), which not only allowed the idols of worship to remain, but performed sacrifices himself.
If we compare that to Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:1-8) that trusted the Lord, removed the idols, and smashed the “high places” you find a very different ruler that was working to effect his kingdom in a very different way. And that is why the Bible states, “There was no one like him.”
We are not going to find the “perfect” candidate, a modern day Hezekiah, nor elect a man that is without sin, but we CAN strive to live a life that is consistent with the way he ruled. We are called to be true to God’s holy standards when others are living without conscience, honest when the norm is to cheat and lie, generous when others are greedy and self-seeking, and loving when surrounded by hostility.
We don’t have to conform to the society pressures, nor the social norms. If we are to speak for God with credibility, our lives must demonstrate His rule. Then we will “shine as lights” in our generation. Philippians 2:15
(written for Michael inContext newsletter 10-2015)