Last month I wrote my piece for the Messenger in the aftermath of the Queen’s funeral; this month I am writing this after the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister and the appointment today, Tuesday 25th October of Rishi Sunak to that position. He has replaced a number of cabinet ministers and the names of those appointed in their place are being announced. Regardless of our politics we need to pray for those who offer to serve that they do so with integrity and in the interests of their constituents. 


Being a leader is not easy. That has been seen with the resignation and appointment of a new Prime Minister. Anyone who wants to lead not only needs to be a visionary, they also need to be a listener. A leader is only as good as the people they are leading. When a leader loses the trust of those they are leading then it becomes very difficult, if not impossible, to continue to lead the group.


As Rishi Sunak appoints people to the Cabinet many people will be commenting on whether the person he has appointed is a good appointment or not. They will be looking at what experience that person has to bring to the role to which they have been appointed.


The Bible tells us that the Messiah will come from the line of David, who had been Israel’s king. As a result many people expected the Messiah to be born in a palace not a lowly stable - to be from an educated background and not the son of a carpenter from Nazareth. We know that the first disciples Jesus called to be his followers were fishermen. In John’s gospel, after Jesus had called Philip to also become a follower, Philip went and told Nathaniel that he had found ‘the one whom Moses in the law and also the prophets had written about, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth’ to which Nathaniel replied ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ 


Throughout his ministry Jesus was challenged by others because he didn’t fit the mould that people thought a leader should be. I’ve already seen accusations of Rishi Sunak based on his age, the colour of his skin, and his faith. I’ve never met him but he has already spoken of integrity being important to him as he steps into this role, something I’m sure is something that stems from his faith background. Only time will tell whether he will be a good leader of this country.


As Christians, our leader is God and we learn what his priorities are through Jesus Christ. Today there are fewer people following Him than there used to be. It is hard to be a follower of someone who is no longer popular. People are crying out for stability, for love, for equality. Time and time again a human leader has failed to live up to expectation. We should be campaigning for God, encouraging people to put their trust in God, a leader who will not let them down, whose policy is to not only level our country up but the world. Our God has a history of raising people up and improving people’s lives. Regardless of who our political leaders are may we have the confidence to tell people who is our leader.


God bless