If riots in Kenya and the Iowa Caucus results in the US have anything in common, it’s the call for radical change, in the face of an escalating crisis of authority and growing economic fears. Citizens have grown increasingly anxious in the wake of growing financial instability, and the failure of current governments around the globe to meet a growing list of social, healthcare, and economic challenges. They’ve also grown intolerant of leaders who betray citizen interests to gain political advantage, improve their own financial condition, and build their own power kingdoms. It’s time for change.
How much political and social change will come is anyone’s guess. But public disgust with the status quo and current leaders is creating a tidal wave of discontent that may ultimately propel countries and political systems into chaotic cycles of permanent change. The winds are shifting. Seasoned journalists, reflecting on results of the Iowa Caucuses, are generating post-Iowa analyses with themes like “revolution” and “change.”
Maybe judgment day is coming for leaders and governments who exploit their citizens, betray the public trust, and undermine their own ruling authority by unjust and violent policies. I’m up for that. I’m sick and tired of leaders who purport to be heroes, but reveal themselves, by their machinations, to be just another modern-day Tartuffe or Machiavelli.
As a believer, I’m fervently declaring that the Lord’s Kingdom will come–on earth exactly as it is in heaven–NOW. I’m impatient for real change, and long for leaders who will exhibit personal integrity, real Kingdom wisdom, and the attitude of Christ…
Don’t be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves. Care about them as much as you care about yourselves and think the same way that Christ Jesus thought: Christ was truly God. But he did not try to remain equal with God. Instead he gave up everything and became a slave, when he became like one of us. Christ was humble. He obeyed God and even died on a cross. Then God gave Christ the highest place and honored his name above all others. So at the name of Jesus everyone will bow down, those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. And to the glory of God the Father everyone will openly agree, “Jesus Christ is Lord!” (Philippians 2:3-11)