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The time for electing our new leaders grows ever closer. Accordingly, we have compiled the following...

  • Bible verses that speak to the subject of government and leadership
  • Quips and quotes about politics. Some are thought provoking. Some are merely humorous.

NOTE: Except where otherwise indicated, all Bible quotations are from the New King James.

Bible Verses on Government & Leadership

Sad to say...

But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us.'' So Samuel prayed to the Lord.

And the Lord said to Samuel, "Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. (1 Sam 8.6-7)

Good Leaders

(God said...) "He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain." (2 Sam 23.3b-4)

Select capable men from all the people--men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain--and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. (Exod 18.21, NIV)

Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. (Ps 2.10-11)

Bad Leaders

Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint. (Pr 25.19)

A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days. (Pr 28.16)

If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked. (Pr 29.12, NIV)

And He (Jesus) spoke a parable to them: "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?" (Lk 6.39)

Quips and Quotes

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.(George Jean Nathan)

Statesmen & politicians

  • The difference between a politician and a statesman is: a politician thinks of the next election and a statesman thinks of the next generation. (James Freeman Clarke)
  • A statesman is a politician who's been dead 10 or 15 years. (Harry Truman)

Campaign promises

  • There are some politicians who, if their constituents were cannibals, would promise them missionaries in every pot. (H.L. Mencken)
  • Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. (Oscar Ameringer)
  • Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. (Nikita Khrushchev)

Political parties, left & right

  • Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought. (Dwight W. Morrow)
  • Republicans raise dahlias, Dalmatians, and eyebrows. Democrats raise Airedales, kids, and taxes. (Will Stanton)
  • As usual the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately, none of the sound ideas is original and none of the original ideas is sound. (Harold Macmillan)
  • Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains. (Winston Churchill)
  • The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it. (P. J. O'Rourke)

The political profession

  • He knows nothing but thinks he knows everything. That clearly points to a political career. (George Bernard Shaw)
  • Politics are almost as exciting as war and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once but in politics -- many times. (Winston Churchill)
  • Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. (Ronald Reagan)
  • Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. (Ernest Benn)

On the presidency

  • Clinton won because he ran against Bob Dole. Had Clinton run unopposed, he would have lost.
  • We need a president who's fluent in at least one language. (Buck Henry)
  • In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take. (Adlai Stevenson)

Chop Suey

  • This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. (Will Rogers)
  • An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought. (Simon Cameron)
  • Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair. (George Burns)
  • A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can, as a rule, count on the support of Paul. (George Bernard Shaw)
  • Don't blame me! I voted for the other guy. (Bumper sticker)

Finally, here's one from a REALLY bad guy but... think about it!

  • What luck for the rulers that men do not think. (Adolf Hitler)

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