Bad political leaders… Frustrated? About to give up hope? (You gotta read this!)

When it comes to politics we complain about “the present administration” and our frame of reference is four years… at the most eight.  When we disagree with policies that frustrate us and practices that offend us we wonder if it will ever end, and if all the good that has been done in the past will come unraveled.  Our complaints and conversations sometimes reflect a hopelessness that is unbecoming to Christians who claim to have a theology of hope…

But how’d you like to have a corrupt and evil leader without moral scruples of any kind for FIFTY-FIVE YEARS?!  I read about one this morning in my Bible reading…

“Manasseh… reigned FIFTY-FIVE YEARS in Jerusalem… He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel.  He rebuilt the high places that Hezekiah his father had destroy… He built altars in the house of the Lord…for all the host of heaven… He burned his son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers… The carved image of Asherah that he had made he set in the house of which the Lord said to David and to Solomon his son, ‘In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel I will put my name forever.’ … Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another.” (From 2 Kings 21:1-18)

How would you have liked to be a citizen of Judah during that guy’s administration?  Hopeless eh?

The Bible goes on to tell us the rest of the story…

“The LORD brought upon Judah the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze and brought him to Babylon.  And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.  He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God… And he took away the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built on the mountain of the house of the LORD and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside of the city.  He also restored the altar of the LORD and offered on it sacrifices of peace offerings and of thanksgiving, and he commanded Judah to serve the LORD, the God of Israel.” (2 Chronicles 33:10–21 ESV)

Incredible eh?  And we think we’ve got it bad!  Hey, there’s always hope … hope for our nation!  Hope for even bad leaders!!  What should we do?  Pray… pray fervently!!  (2 Chronicles 7:14 comes to mind … look it up) … Let’s do it!

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