Pitfalls for Leaders
This sermon followed the 7 May 2015 General Election in the United Kingdom, when the opinion polls had predicted a hung Parliament and unstable rule, but the result was a decisive Conservative majority returning David Cameron to power as Prime Minister.
Samuel's sons were corrupt, so the people wanted a king like the other nations, despite the warnings given about what such a king would be like. Wanting a king was a rejection of God as king.
Later in Israel's history, they chose kings not of God's choice, kings who did evil in the sight of God.
This king is subject to the law like everyone else - we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, which says the same thing.
All the prophecies about kings came to pass. We demand integrity in our leaders. Sadly our politicians don't agree that no one is above God's law, nor that they only rule by God's will. In the last analysis, God is our Sovereign and Jesus our King.