Raffaello Santi 1483-1520

The elections are over. When the elected officials are “on the throne” they will be subjected to all sort of temptation. Many will give in. It happened to a great king a long time ago. His name was David, king of Israel.

David was called the “man after God’s own heart” for he followed the decrees of the LORD and upheld His honor. He was obedient and followed every word that God said. A morning walk on a rooftop would change all of that.

2 Samuel 11:2, “Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath.”

The rest shall we say is history. David sinned and he sinned spectacularly. He had one of his mighty men killed and married his widow. All in one fell swoop. This mighty man was very loyal and faithful to David and will not dishonor him in any occassion. Yet, lust for this mighty man’s wife and the pleasure of sex with her was too much to bear and because he was the king, he had the resources to do what he wanted. Lust, sex and money, the perfect combination that contributes to a powerful persons downfall.

The same kind of temptation hangs over the head of every elected leader. Some will remain steadfast to the calling and the mandate of the electorate. Many will give in.

The Philippines is a nation of leaders. Many lead with corrupt intentions. Even with this kind of leadership, the Philippines is still blessed. We are called one of the rising economies in Asia, at the same time, being called one of the most corrupt. Its an ironic situation but we can change that.

I call on the elected to be like David, after being confronted of his sin, repented (a complete turnaround) and God, in His grace and mercy, chose to forgive. He had consequences, yes, he learned to accept and live with that. Then he remained true to his God. Of course, it would be their greatest advantage if they will not give in, and this comes through complete reliance in the grace of God.

The character of the elected will leader will be tested in due time. We can only hope the best for them even if we did not vote for them. They all have an opportunity to be the best in the vocation that they chose. Some will go down in infamy, some will triumph over temptation and thus leave a legacy that will be remembered. David made a mistake, a grave one indeed, but he recovered and God still blessed him. Our chosen leaders can experience with the grace of God.