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A Congressman Resigns

I do not consider political leaders for whom I would not vote “enemies,” but I meet the recent scandal in Congress and the recent announcement of a representative stepping down with humility and sadness of heart. I am reminded of the following verse:

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
Or the LORD will see it and be displeased,
And turn His anger away from him.
(Proverbs 24:17–18 NAS95)

Instead let us remember to pray for our leaders.

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
(1 Timothy 2:1–4 NAS95)

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