Jeremiah 29:4-7 – Should God’s people be involved in government?

Joseph was second in command of Egypt. Hadassah (Esther) was second in command of Persia. God appointed the whole nation of Israel to govern themselves according to His laws. Certainly, Yehovah has used positions of power to perform His will in the past. Does He still do this today? Should we be involved in our own governments?

Politics and politician have become bywords in today’s common English. It seems a wall of separation exists between government involvement and true righteous followers of the Most High God. While this is due in part because government involvement sometimes requires compromise of faith and values, opportunities to effect positive leadership should not be avoided.

It was at the end of Israel’s national existence. Yehovah had the enemies of Assyria and Babylon go up against the nation of Israel due to her faithlessness and disobedience. The prophet Jeremiah (Hebrew: Yermiyah), also known as the weeping prophet, gave specific instructions to all of Israel in order to prepare them to live in the lands of their conquerors: 

Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to Yehovah on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

Jeremiah 29:4-7

Isn’t this message from Yehovah still relevant today? Aren’t we all living in a country that is not really our eternal home? Aren’t we all under governments who have no knowledge of God or His laws? Don’t we live among people who value different things than we do?

We must not forego a life of service in righteous leadership where opportunities arise. We should not forego having families because we think the current days are too difficult. We should be a light to the people, just as Israel is to be a light to the nations, and just as Yeshua commanded his followers to be a light to the nations.

Sunrise on Shavuot at the Western Wall
Sunrise on Shavuot at the Western Wall

About Jonathan Lankford

Jonathan has a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Bible with a concentration in missions and intercultural communication. He also earned his Master's in Business Quality Management (MBQPM) and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master's in Education (MEd) focusing on Administration. He has been an educator since 2007, teaching English and humanities in Vietnamese universities. He currently holds the position of Associate Registrar at Tan Tao University, Vietnam.
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