May 22, 2020

Word of the day: 2 “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? 3 Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:2-4 NIV

Reflect: Take a moment to remember times of corrupt leadership. At work, maybe at a school, your children go to, or government. What measures would you take if you believe a person didn’t commit corruption? What do you think the government and others can learn from bribery?

Discussion Board: There are a lot of questions as to why we see in our life why so many people get away with corruption. I am sure that it is almost a daily prayer for most people. Whoever does this type of behavior will pay for it one way or another, especially those accused of false bribery. Why do we vote? We vote to bring in an elected official to run the country. Do we look for just anybody to be leaders? I hope not. I am praying we look for inner qualities in good leaders. Moses, in the book of Deuteronomy, did this when appointing leaders. Wisdom, understanding, and respect. Any wicked leaders must be examined and held accountable if any corruption happens under leadership. God tells us to treat the poor with justice. We can’t isolate ourselves away from the poor. Some leaders do, and it’s not what God calls us to do. We should help others to meet their needs. God passed judgment on King Jehoiakim because he was unfaithful to his responsibility. Jehoiakim inherited his parents’ money, but not their faith. We can’t mock other relationships with God. We have to start and keep developing a relationship with God.

Takeaway: Corrupt leaders will face judgment from God. You can hide from others, but you can’t hide from God. We must be able to stay faithful to God and serve without corruption. What are your takeaways?

Prayer: Father, thank you for today. We ask a lot of why corrupt leaders get away with so much. We learned that they would not get away with it as they will get your wrath. I pray for your wisdom to continue to develop a better relationship with you as leaders. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!