The Advantage of Having an Alien as Head of State

I know what you’re thinking, and  I’ve thought it myself on more than one occasion.

“But–an advantage?” you ask.

Let’s think about another Head of State, shall we? One more look at Psalm 39 (refer to the last post) gives us a glimpse of David’s perspective on life and leadership. He says in verse 12,

“Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.” (ESV)

The word translated, “guest” actually means, “resident alien.” While a president’s place of birth is a critical issue in the United States (it isn’t in Canada),  David understood the concept of holy transience and acknowledged that one cannot be a godly leader if one’s feet are too firmly planted in this world.

It was in this spirit that Paul urged “supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings..for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life, godly and dignified in every way…” (1 Tim 2.1,2  ESV) If one reads further, one discovers that these prayers are related to the salvation of those in authority–and that a quiet and peaceful life will elude us if our leaders are not “resident aliens”.

What’s truly important about a Head of State is not where he came from, but where he’s headed.


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