Higher Standard (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)

As this country is presently embroiled in legislative proceedings determining whether President Trump should be impeached, I think back to President Clinton’s impeachment twenty years ago. It was an equally volatile and politically charged time that also divided the public. One encounter I had was with a colleague with whom I worked in one of my hospitals. As we were discussing the sordid details of President Clinton’s affairs with then intern Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones, my colleague, an avid Clinton supporter, emphatically stated that the entire impeachment was ridiculous. 


“This is a private matter. It should never have been allowed to go this far.”


“But, isn’t this an egregious moral and professional failure for the President? Just the other day, you were railing against that actor who cheated on his wife. This is far worse, isn’t it?”


“No…it isn’t.”


“It isn’t?” I looked at her in disbelief. “You don’t think the President should be held to a higher standard than everyone else?”


“No…I don’t.” She winced. She knew the truth but understandably wanted to excuse the President’s behavior, even though she was going against her own principles. Does God hold our leaders to a higher standard?


And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.

Deuteronomy 17:18-20 (ESV)


God holds all leaders to a much higher standard. In the Bible, God commanded Israel’s kings to read and follow the laws that He gave them. The kings were to be humble rulers, justly administering God’s law for all people. It is not just leaders who are held to a higher standard, all believers in Jesus Christ are held to this same higher standard. When we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are a new creation. We are separated so that our very lives will be a testimony to the rest of the world of the saving grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.


But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)


There is a higher standard, for all leaders and all believers in Jesus Christ. 


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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