Puyallup: Opinion

Word of God seems fitting for any and every leader

When my wife and I get home from work and begin to put a supper meal together, we often cruise the news stations. Our remote jumps us from CBS to CNN, from FoxNews to MSNBC as we check out different perspectives on recent events.

It can be amazing how opposite one programs take is from another. It certainly keeps our current election cycle interesting.

I grant that our nation is a democracy built on the Constitution and not a theocracy built around any one faith’s sacred writings and beliefs.

Still, I’d like to offer a few bible verses on what makes for a good and faithful ruler. Perhaps they can clarify, at least for people of faith, the kind of person we should be looking for as president.

Psalm 72 in Hebrew scripture offers a prayer for the guidance and support of a ruler. While it speaks of a king, the words seem fitting for any and every leader.

“Give the king your justice, O God and may he judge your people with righteousness and your poor with justice. May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy and crush the oppressor. For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life and precious is their blood in his sight.”

Such guidance seems a far cry from the direction many hopeful candidates are taking, even those who trumpet their faith and boast of their inexperience as politicians, all the while aspiring to the highest political position in the land. Some nights, it’s these words from Ecclesiastes 10 that seem most fitting:

“Words spoken by the wise bring them favor, but the lips of fools consume them. The words of their mouth begin in foolishness, and their talk ends in wicked madness; yet fools talk on and on. The toil of fools wears them out, for they do not even know the way to town.”

Or the way to good, right and faithful positions of true leadership. Heaven help us all.

Kim Latterell can be reached at latterka@plu.edu.