In Exodus 18, we find Moses becoming weary by listening to every strife among the Israelites. His father-in-law, Jethro gives him advice by God’s command (verse 23) to help relieve the stress. Moses was to set up rulers of thousands, ruler of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. This could equate to our federal, state, county, and city governments. In verses 21, Jethro gave qualifications for the individuals that would be selected to fill these positions. These qualifications should be applied to examining a candidate for public office today.
As born-again believers, we hold dual citizenship. We are first and foremost citizens of Heaven. Paul wrote the Philippians, “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 3:20). The word conversation has the idea of manner of life or our conduct, in other words, we are to act as citizens of Heaven because when we became children of God we became citizens of His Kingdom.
I remember getting on the plane excited, nervous, and scared. There were many days during recruit training that I wanted to go home. I would look through the fence and see the train going by heading to Chicago, and I would think, “Maybe I could climb the fence, get on the train, and no one would notice.”