What about our leaders?

We live in good times and in terrible times.  It is heart wrenching to watch what goes on in the world.  However, in the end, we will all appear before the Judgment Throne.  We will give an account of what we did while on earth.  

How does God regard a leader who claims to be a practicing member of this or that church?  Yet that same leader invades an unsuspecting country and is responsible for the death of thousands?  Or a leader who is guilty of lying or corruption?  Yet he/she claims to be a ‘Christian?’  Will God grant them special forgiveness because they were leaders with heavy responsibility?  According to the Bible, God/Jesus: 

  • Has no favorites. 
  • Will judge based on what a person did.  
  • Judgment is not based on what a person claims.    

Scripture is very clear, 

‘Without holiness, no one will see the Lord.’  Hebrews 12:6 

Holiness excludes murder, war, lies, corruption, et cetera.  Those things will never be tolerated in God’s Kingdom.  The simple reason is that such things will endanger God’s people.  The Kingdom is centered on God and therefore on love, peace, harmony and fellowship.  

Conclusion

God commands us to pray for our leaders.  They are in great danger. 

How to become holy

Holiness is essential for us to ever see the Lord’s face.  (See Be Holy)  The Israelites under the Old Covenant failed.  God nailed the problem, 

‘Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear Me and keep all My commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children for ever!’  Deuteronomy 5:29

For us, under the New Covenant, Jesus made it possible to become holy, 

‘In Him [Jesus] you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men, but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.’  Colossians 2:11-12

What is holiness?

Jesus changes a person’s heart.  Holiness has to do with attitudes like love, loyalty, peace, harmony, et cetera.  They are all matters of the heart.  Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to be the Counsellor and Teacher.  He helps to ‘clean’ us up so we can live as God wants, to enable us to achieve God’s required holiness.  

‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against each other.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.’ Colossians 3:12-13

Scripture has much more to say about it.  Suffice to say that holiness makes an eternal Kingdom of peace and harmony possible.  And through Jesus it is attainable.

Be holy

Love for the Lord is an essential condition for God’s people.  (See Love the King)  With love goes awe, reverence, fear and respect.  All are absolutely essential for the successful Nation of God.

However, there is more to it.  We must become like the Triune God in character and they are holy, 

‘I am the Lord your God.  Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.’  Leviticus 11:44  

A holy God cannot do bad things, 

  • ‘…Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong….  It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.’  Job 34:10b,12
  • ‘He [God] is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just.  A faithful God who does no wrong.’  Deuteronomy 32:4c

The Triune God is holy, perfect.  Love, care, compassion, fellowship, et cetera are all part of their character.   The Bridegroom, God the Son, is holy.  Thus to fit in with Him, the Bride also has to be holy,  

‘For without holiness no one will see the Lord.’  Hebrews 12:14 

The message is crystal clear: no holiness, no eternal life.  

The question is, how to become holy?  And, what is holiness in practical life?

We discuss this in the next blog. 

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