Why we need to keep praying for the guilty
For I the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make an everlasting covenant with them." Isaiah 61:8
There are victory dances happening across the nation. While most of them are from the OPS (O. Panneer Selvam) camp, the rest are doing justice jigs. Not because Sasikala is jailed or will be making candles in her cell but because justice has been served and the corrupt are being punished.
In a country like India which is often perceived as a corrupt and crooked country, Sasikala’s sentencing and imprisonment is a huge win for the people and for the justice system.
Every few years we read about scams – coal allocation scam, fodder scam, bofors scam, Satyam scam…The breaking scam news would have occupied the front page for a few days, you will see names, definitely 10 figure amounts swindled, but after a few days, we see the guilty set free and worse - back in positions of power with a very business as usual attitude! Seems like getting caught looting the country is not such a big deal. Why? Because sadly most of the people who are meant to protect the country’s interest are involved in the scam. Money exchanges hands, files are lost, witnesses become silent accomplices, whistleblowers are silenced and the common man grumbles about it at his 4 p.m. tea break and then it's back to EMIs, fees and other commitments.
Does God look the other way?
Being a Christian is hard. God says work with integrity and righteousness. Be generous to the poor, be wise, be kind, be compassionate, forgive your enemies… And as we do all that, the wicked seem to be prospering more and more. Many get so frustrated with God that they stop praying, they don’t believe He is just and so they either back slide or just slide into agnostic-atheism.
These people couldn’t be more wrong about God. God is a God of love and justice. He says in Isaiah 61:8 , “For I the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make an everlasting covenant with them.
We need to remember that the people who are corrupt and wicked are God’s children too. He loves them as much as He loves us. He gives them second and third chances to repent and turn back just like He has given us multiple chances to turn back from our ways. So the next time you are left wondering why good things happen to bad people, it’s because of His love for them. They are His prodigal sons and daughters too and He longs for their return. BUT just because He loves them, doesn’t mean they won't be held accountable for their actions. God is merciful, but He is also just. In His perfect time and will, justice will be served.
Make praying for Leaders a Priority
It is hard to pray for wicked isn’t it? In our own friend and family circles, there will always be that one person we struggle with, that relative that came and stole our property, that friend that smiled at our face but smeared our back. Tougher and more unbearable than that, is to pray for people in authority, especially when deep down in our heart we believe they shouldn’t be there in the first place. But if you want India or whichever country you hail from to become a land overflowing with milk and honey then you need to pray for the people who hold positions of power, the decision makers and policy drafters.
Everyday we need to go before God and pray for them. A few points we can pray for:
- That they receive God’s love and seek out His plan for their lives.
- That they fulfill their roles and responsibilities with integrity.
- That they would be good parents to their children, so that their children will grow up to be law abiding citizens
- That they lead by example and their lives will be blameless
- That when it comes to hiring people for their political party, they will do it on the basis of skill and capability
- That they will have a genuine heart to serve the people
The next time you read about a scam don’t discuss ways that they should be penalized or punished or get angry with God for being silent. God says in Deuteronomy 32:35 I will take revenge; “I will pay them back. In due time their feet will slip. Their day of disaster will arrive, and their destiny will overtake them.”
Let’s trust our God. Let’s have a genuine love for our people that doesn’t stop at just standing up to sing the national anthem or celebrating after a world cup win. Let’s pray that we too can become a country pleasing in the God’s sight and that His favour and goodness will follow us all of our days.
by Jacqueline Olivia
Jacqueline Olivia works for a Bangalore based publishing company. She enjoy good discussions on spiritual and non spiritual topics. She loves animals, reading, illustrating and making new friends.