“For the entire twelve years that I was governor of Judah—from the twentieth year to the thirty-second year of the reign of King Artaxerxes —neither I nor my officials drew on our official food allowance. The former governors, in contrast, had laid heavy burdens on the people, demanding a daily ration of food and wine, besides forty pieces of silver. Even their assistants took advantage of the people. But because I feared God, I did not act that way.”
Nehemiah 5:14-15 NLT. http://bible.com/116/neh.5.14-15.nlt
Where are our leaders? What has this nation become? The political season has been filled with protests and violence. Neither side will stand up for what's right. I can't imagine one of our leaders doing what Nehemiah did. It's not a gimmick. It's not a political ploy. Nehemiah was more worried about what the Lord thought than the thoughts of man. People were hurting in Jerusalem. They were being taxed heavily and in the midst of the ruble and destruction they had very little food. Nehemiah did his part. He helped physically rebuild Jerusalem. He gave up the privileges of his high status. He listened and acted on the requests of the people. We could use some of that right now.
We need an exceptional leader to step up and lead our country. I don't see one on the horizon. Our leaders are too busy playing the game to get in touch with the real needs of our nation. Our leaders are too worried about the stance of their party or donors. This country has some very complicated issues that need addressed. This weekend in Chicago there were 14 shooting deaths and 69 reported shootings. Thus far in 2016 there have been 1300 shooting deaths. Something has to be done. What we are doing is not working. We chastise our police and push political agendas instead of protecting people. We are so worried about the planet and the environment, but we say nothing about poverty and the lack of jobs. We worry about a gorilla shot to protect a child and yet say nothing about the millions of unborn children killed in this country.
We need real leader. We need Jesus. We need a leader that fears the Lord.
Lord Jesus help us. We need you now! Amen!