Matt Bevin won!

                                    Photo credit: Vivek Sarin

“When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice.”

-Proverbs 29:2a

Tuesday night, the 3rd, was election night…here in Kentucky we have our election for governor in an off year. There were many other races going on (for Attorney General, Agricultural Commissioner, etc.) but the biggest contest was for the governor’s mansion.

Ever since Matt Bevin had entered his name to run for that office, we had been praying for him and his campaign. He’s a strong Christian. He’s pro-life. That’s why on Tuesday night, when he beat out Jack Conway to be Kentucky’s next governor, we were so thankful to God that He had given Matt the victory. The contrast between the two men  who were running (Bevin and Conway) and where they stood on key issues (such as abortion) was stark. We are so thankful that God has given us a governor who loves Him and lives according to the Bible. The picture above was taken in the campaign War Room on election night right after Matt had won. As soon as he won, Matt gathered all the others in the room, thanked God for the victory, and prayed for the Lord’s guidance and strength for the next four years. I am so thankful and excited!

I found some Bible verses about leaders in the Bible…don’t ever take it for granted when you have someone in authority over you who loves the Lord and His Word. Good things happen. Note the consequences that followed after the leaders led the people a certain way.

“My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains.” -Jeremiah 50:6

“But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.” -2 Kings 21:9

“He [Jehoram] had also built high places on the hills of Judah and had caused the people of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves and had led Judah astray.” -2 Chonicles 21:11 **(read the rest of the chapter to find out the consequences…I’ll give you a hint-they weren’t good)

“Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his GodHe commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his laws and commands… He built up the fortified cities of Judah, since the land was at peace. No one was at war with him during those years, for the Lord gave him rest.” -2 Chronicles 14:2-6

“Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses. And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook.” 2 Kings 18:5-7a (When things went well with the King, it went well with the country because when he prospered, the whole country did as well. Look up other verses on Hezekiah. He was a great, godly leader, and his people benefited greatly!)

The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the ways of his father David before him. He did not consult the Baals but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel. The Lord established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor. His heart was devoted to the ways of the Lord…” 2 Chronicles 17:3-6

Anyway, that’s just a tiny sampling. It was really eye-opening for me to see all the consequences that follow a good/bad leader. That’s why it is so important that when we can, we choose our leaders wisely. Not only that, but we should be praying for our leaders daily, even if we disagree with them (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

So, that’s all. 🙂 I know that my family is REALLY excited to see what will happen through Governor-elect Bevin as he seeks the Lord in his decisions.

In Christ,

Christopher