June 29

Zechariah 9:9-10

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” vs. 9

For the next four months, whether we like it or not, we’re going to be subjected to intense campaigning as candidates flood the media with their distorted accusations and claims. We’ll see slick expensive commercials on television and see signs on every street corner. Billions of dollars are going to be spent to buy our votes. So who will we choose? For some platforms and policies are a priority and they will tend to support a particular party. Others are more likely to vote for candidates who reflect their personal values–for them character is a primary concern. The prophet Zechariah would have been amazed at our process–voting was a foreign concept and kings were never elected. But there’s little doubt about the kind of king he dreamed of. He wanted a ruler who was powerful and who exuded humility, one who would come riding on a donkey. That’s a powerful image, one that Jesus adopted when he entered Jerusalem on his last fateful journey, and one that has been cherished by believers ever since. Sadly, it’s not a virtue often seen among our modern politicians. Often our leaders have an elevated sense of their own importance and seldom hesitate to proclaim their own greatness. We’ll see a lot of that before next November, and some will take note–if character is important for them, humility may be the best indicator.

Thought for the Day: What are the marks of humility in a politician?

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