On: February 28, 2015 | By: admin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. But Herod said, “I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?” And he tried to see him. Luke 9:7-9
My immediate reaction was not to dwell on these few verses as King Herod was a bad boy who symbolised exactly how not to behave. A basket case who, if for nothing else than his outrageous execution of John the Baptist, was destined for the deepest part of the fiery lakes of Hell!
But actually this was one of the main men of the day, an important figure whose leadership had a significant impact on his people. Not dissimilar to the political leaders of our own day. Love ’em or hate ’em, they make a difference to all our lives.
It simply won’t do to say we’re not into politics and all that. At least two things we should be doing: firstly, praying for leaders that they might create conditions for people to live godly lives: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
Secondly, not holding back from engaging with leaders to hold them to account: “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” (Luke 12:11-12)
We have been given authority to speak. Let’s exercise it.
Father God, the world desperately needs Godly voices prepared to pray for those in authority and speak out for the values of Your Kingdom. May I be one of those voices. Amen.