(A Scriptural Perspective)
By Pastor Bimbo Animashaun
Few years ago, I was watching Pat Robertson on the 700 Club show and someone asked him that why is it that innocent citizens often bear the brunt of bad policies and decisions of their political leaders?
Now I love Pat Robertson’s response. He said CITIZENS ARE AT THE MERCY OF THEIR LEADERS, and that’s why we are enjoined in Scriptures to pray for political leaders.
Rev. Pat Robertson further said that when judgement landed on the firstborn of the Egyptians during the reign of Pharaoh, it was not primarily the fault of those firstborns or their parents or other Egyptian citizens; it was the decision of their leader, in the person of Pharoah to oppress God’s people that opened the nation of Egypt up to divine judgement.
That’s a whole lot for me. And I believe that Rev. Robertson’s position tallies with the position of Scriptures.
Yes CITIZENS ARE AT THE MERCY OF THEIR LEADERS – that’s an extremely strong statement, and it will take self delusion to deny it.
The Scripture makes it abundantly clear:
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
That’s a very straightforward scripture. The summary of that scripture is this: CITIZENS ARE AT THE MERCY OF THEIR LEADERS.
In the New Testament, we are enjoined to pray for our political leaders and all those in authority SO THAT WE MAY LIVE IN PEACE.
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-2
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
That’s another way of saying that CITIZENS ARE AT THE MERCY OF THEIR POLITICAL LEADERS, but the New Testament twist to that fact is that we can negotiate the kind of experience we desire in our nation IN THE PLACE OF PRAYER.
Now this is Scripture without sentiments. We need to pray for our political leaders because most often, the citizens bear the brunt of their policies and decisions, and it doesn’t really matter if you’re a tongue-talking Christian.
As I speak, only God knows the number of ministers and tongue-talking Christians who are on a long queue to get feul into their cars.
Only God knows how many tongue-talking children of God are affected by ASUU strike.
Yes we need to pray for our leaders. Coming to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, many innocent lives have borne the burnt of it.
The social media is dominated with inscriptions and admonitions such as, “PRAY FOR UKRAINE” (which is perfectly in line).
You rarely see something like “PRAY FOR RUSSIA” or “PRAY FOR UKRAINE AND RUSSIA”.
Why is it so? The thought is that Russia invaded Ukraine. Now who is Russia? Who took that decision to invade Ukraine? The Russian leader, in the person of President Vladimir Putin, and by that singular decision, the world is pitched against Russia.
Yet on the third day of the war or there about, many Russian citizens trooped out to protest against Putin’s decision and many of them were rounded up by the Russian police.
Reports also have it that some Russian soldiers felt like fighting “an unjust war”, and when Putin put his nuclear forces on high alert, his generals looked stunned by that decision.
As I speak, there are many believers in Russia praying for the war to stop, and also many believers in Ukraine are crying to God for the war to cease.
Also, some wealthy folks in Russia are expressing their displeasure against Putin’s decision but you know what; CITIZENS ARE AT THE MERCY OF THEIR POLITICAL LEADERS.
President Zelenskyy of Ukraine granted amnesty to some of the captured Russian soldiers and asked their mothers to come for them – he didn’t treat them as prisoners of war.
In the converse, Putin is spurring his military men to continually bombard Ukraine – it boils down to LEADERSHIP.
What am I driving home here? Whatever decisions taken or policies undertaken by political leaders, it also affects the righteous in that nation.
God forbid that our dear President goes the Putin way and encroaches on the sovereignty of another African nation, many in the world would pitch their tent against Nigeria and it would not matter to them whenever there are righteous men and women in our nation.
If you were to ask anyone, “Which nation invaded Ukraine?”, the answer is “Russia”. Who is Russia? Vladimir Putin. Simple!!!
But you and I know that technically speaking, there’s a difference between “Putin” and “Russia”, but since he’s the President of Russia, whatever he does, Russia does.
That’s the way the system has been designed. That’s why we need to pray for the right leaders to come into office and also lift up current leaders in the place of prayer as we commit their hearts to God, because:
The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
Remember, CITIZENS ARE AT THE MERCY OF THEIR LEADERS. Whatever decisions or policies undertaken by political leaders of a nation will affect the international image of the citizenry.
Let’s pray for and also VOTE FOR right, credible and God-fearing leaders to come into the saddle, and let’s continually lift our leaders up in prayers.
1 TIMOTHY 2:2
… that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
May the peace of God reign in Ukraine. May the prayers of many righteous people both in Ukraine and Russia never go in vain. And for our nation Nigeria, may the will of God be done come 2023.
Jesus Makes All Things Beautiful!!!
NB: This post is not fundamentally about the Russia/Ukraine war; it’s expousing a Scriptural principle of praying for the leaders thus experiencing peace in the nation.