The Fathers’ Day sermon by Dr. Timothy Kiruhi referred to Acts 1: 20 – 26. The scene is Jerusalem, soon after Jesus ascended to heaven. Peter had stood among the believers and told them, “….it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,’ and ‘May another take his place of leadership’ “(Acts 1: 20). What principles can we identify from this election that replaced Judas Iscariot that we can apply to our role in society as fathers of the nation?
First, the disciples recognized the need for a better leader to replace Judas. Do we recognise the need for better leadership in our nation? Secondly, they agreed on the guidelines for qualification to fit the role they were filling; “Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection” (Acts 1:21-22). Can we set the criteria for our preferred leaders? Thirdly, “they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias” (Acts 1:23). It is fine for brethren to differ in their choices. The church should not be divided by elections. Fourth, “…they prayed…” (Acts 1:24). Pray before you vote, so that God will lead you to the candidate He has chosen. Fifth, they voted by secret ballot, “Then they cast lots” (Acts 1:26). It is everyone’s responsibility to vote; elections are a spiritual process. Finally, the disciples accepted the result of the election, “….and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:26). We should learn to accept the results of elections because there must be a winner and a loser.
As fathers of the nation and society, let us actively participate in the election of our leaders; what are they offering and which altars do they subscribe to?
Dear Lord, I seek Your guidance and wisdom in identifying the leaders to vote for in the General Election. Amen