Leading is hard.
Leaders are constantly faced with challenges that could mean success or failure. Enemies come wanting to take them down, and the people they lead can gripe and complain.
Moses faced all three of these obstacles throughout the time he led the children of Israel through the wilderness.
There was one particular battle where he got especially tired when he needed to stay strong.
“So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.” – Exodus 17:10-12
The fate of the battle hinged on Moses’ ability to hold up his hands, but he grew tired.
Thankfully, he had two men there to support him-Aaron and Hur. They brought him a rock to sit on, but eventually that was not enough. He wanted to drop his arms. They then stood beside him holding up his arms through the rest of the battle and Israel won the victory.
Our elected leaders need our support today just as Moses did. Our city council, county supervisors, and state or federal representatives need us. Whether you agree with their policies or not, we need to encourage them.
Here are three encouragements for our elected leaders:
1. Thank Them for their Service
One of the easiest ways to encourage our leaders is to thank them. Let them know you appreciate their service. Many representatives, especially in city and county government, do not get paid or get a small stipend for their service. At all levels, holding office is often a sacrifice of time and energy, keeping them away from their families.
Send them a note. Give their office a call. Drop by their office and leave them a little treat. Attend a local meeting, whether a formal Council Meeting or informal town hall and voice your thankfulness publicly.
Elected leaders are encouraged when their constituents show their appreciation without attaching a political agenda to it. Give them a sincere “Thank You” with no strings attached.
2. Encourage Them toward Biblical Values
By sincerely thanking them without an agenda, you will build a rapport with them. They will be more likely to view you as someone that cares rather than someone who wants to push your agenda on them. This gives you more of an opportunity to have a genuine policy discussion and have your view heard later on.
When you do get to talk about policy, whether in front of them or their staff, remember to be polite, civil, and respectful. Whether you agree with them or not, respect their office. They are more likely to listen to someone who is respectful than someone who comes in yelling or preaching at them.
Encourage them to stand for Biblical values. Let them know that you still believe what the Bible teaches. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit when talking with your leaders.
The greatest thing you can share with them and their staff is the Gospel. Don’t miss the opportunity to look beyond their office and see that they have a soul that has an eternal destination in either Heaven or Hell. If you yourself are not sure where you will spend eternity, you can know for sure you will spend eternity in Heaven.
Leaders appreciate when their constituents share their opinions. It helps them do their job. If a conservative leader knows that there are Bible-believing people behind her, she will be more likely to stand for Biblical values. Don’t be silent.
3. Pray for Them
It has been said, “When we work, we work; but when we pray, God works.” The greatest thing we can do for our country and for our leaders is to pray for them.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” – 1 Timothy 2:1-5
I want my leaders to have God by their side giving them wisdom and guidance as they make decisions that determine the direction of my city, county, state, and country. Learn more about The Need for National Prayer.
Praying for our leaders is simple yet needed. Make a list of all of your leaders. Include the President and Vice President, the nine members of the Supreme Court, your Senators and Congressmember, your Governor and state representatives, your county supervisors/council, and your mayor and city council. You can even expand this list to include the President’s Cabinet, federal agency directors, your state Supreme Court, and others. Once the list is compiled, schedule a regular time to pray through the list. Prayer changes things. You can download this handy Public Official Prayer List Template to keep track of who your leaders are and keep them in prayer.
Our country needs Christians who are supporting their elected leaders like Aaron and Hur supported Moses. Take some time in the next week to thank your leaders for their service. Remember to pray for them regularly, and look for opportunities to encourage them toward Biblical values.
To find out who your leaders are and more information about them, take a look at these websites:
To learn more about encouraging our elected leaders, check out these resources:
Matthew Brown is a law student at the University of Akron School of Law. He has a passion for religious liberty and constitutional law and a desire to see the nation strengthened through strong Christian churches, Christian families, and Christian individuals. You can connect with him on Twitter at @MattBrown1575.
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