Were you a bit bleary eyed this morning after a late night watching the election results? How do you feel about a hung Parliament?
Sadly, the prevailing emotion amongst the majority of the electorate seems to be disillusionment; a kind of settled cynicism about both politicians and the political process. Some of that is because not everyone believes the system works well.
Churchill famously said, ‘Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others’. But there is a deeper root of disenchantment. We know how flawed our own human nature is, and how prone we all are to selfishness and compromise. So we know that is also true for our leaders. Underneath it all, we know the core system that is broken is the system of the human heart.
Yet, as another Prime Minister said, ‘If politics is, on occasion, the place of low skulduggery, it is more often the place for the pursuit of noble causes.’ Despite our brokenness, there is an undeniably higher side to humanity. Within us all, including politicians, there is a genuine desire to do good – an aspect of God in whose image we have all been created. And that is what inspires us to keep going.
As the ancient contest between good and bad in human nature is played out through our leaders on the national and international stage, who can we trust? Psalm 146 offers us an answer: ‘Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.’
So today, let’s turn to God in prayer at this time of uncertainty and ask him to inspire and direct the hearts and minds of our leaders, to help them rise above selfishness and find a way to govern and serve well:
Have mercy upon our country and upon our leaders.
We pray for wisdom for the Queen, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.
We pray for integrity, truth, and compassion throughout government and for righteous laws.
We pray for God’s people in government to be a positive influence for the good of all. And we pray that our government will be a force for good in the world and a means of bringing relief to those suffering today.
In Jesus’ Name,
Paul is a Mentor, Author, and Speaker, and Chairs the Board of LICC.