I am going to make this short and sweet. In the Second Book of Samuel, King David in his last words proclaims: “The God of Israel spoke; of me the Rock of Israel said, ‘He that rules over men in justice, that rules in the fear of God, Is like the morning light at sunrise on a cloudless morning, making the greensward sparkle after rain'” (2 Sam 23, 3-4).
I am not making a political statement; I am not trying to post up conservatives versus liberals, democrats against republicans; I am not attempting to segregate (or desegregate) religion and government. Am I trying to sway the ballots for a particular candidate in the upcoming elections? NO! Am I trying to call attention to the problems facing the world today? NO. The “biased” and “unbiased” media does enough of that to show there is enough blame to go around for all sides.
What I am saying is that these words spoken by King David hold a truth that each one of us must take to heart. These words were not only true then, but are still true today; however, it was what was missing in his time that, sadly, is missing still today. I am talking about the struggle between selfishness and selflessness that each of us takes on every day of our lives.
We need to keep an open heart not just for God’s truth, but for everyone around us. Ask yourself: is the decision you are making because it is easier and better for you, or is it better for everyone as equals in the eyes of God, even if it’s harder for you?
David’s statement was not just meant for people in power, but for each one of us, for we each hold a particular role in upholding God’s kingdom here on earth.
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