July 5, 2022

We all knew a kid in school who just had to run everything. Remember the classmate who insisted on picking the games you’d all play at recess, where you’d go after school, even who was “in” or “out” of your group? In high school, that kid had a compulsive need to be the leader of every student organization. You just wanted to say, “Hey! You’re not the boss of me!” Whatever happened to those kids? I wouldn’t be surprised if most ended up in government. We certainly have no shortage of people there who think they know how to live your life and spend your paycheck better than you do.

I’m convinced the world is divided into people who just want to live their own lives and those who, for some reason, have an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone else how to live. Unfortunately, to that latter group, government seems like the ideal place to work, and at the moment, they are getting 99.9% of all the attention from the media. As more of them gravitated toward government, Congress abdicated much of its legislating authority to unelected bureaucrats. Their bureaus grew like kudzu, and so did their regulations with the force of law (but no input from the people.) Then one day, we looked up and discovered we had a crushing national debt and were paying huge salaries to an army of people who enforce how big your soda should be and who couldn’t be fired and who is allowed to come into your daughter’s locker room. That’s when sane people realized that government is the LAST place these out-of-control control freaks needed to be.

The temptation for government to overreach is hardly new. In fact, it stretches back to the beginning of recorded history, and I bet even earlier than that. There’s a story in the ninth chapter of the book of Judges in the Old Testament about Gideon’s son Abimelech, who craved leadership and stature - not to serve the people but to control them and make them serve him. He said, “Give me dominion over your lives, and I will simplify your existence.” Wow, does that sound familiar? It’s basically the entire Democratic platform. Our government has taken us pretty far down that same road, but does your life seem any simpler -- or just a lot less free?

Anyway, back to Abimelech. He had a very smart younger brother, Jotham, who came up with a clever tale about three trees: an olive tree, a fig tree, and a vine tree. All three were fine trees that produced lots of fruit. All were offered the exalted position of “King Of All Trees,” but all three turned it down. The plant that wanted to be “King Of All Trees” was the bramble bush, a weak plant that produces no fruit at all. Jotham’s point was that only the weak and nonproductive have the desire to rule everyone else. Does that lesson not resonate like a gong right now?

When anyone aspires to a position of power, take a long, hard look. If that person seemingly crawled out of the cradle with an ambition to be President, then beware! Anytime someone talks about “running the country,” alarm bells should sound. No one – not the President, not Congress, no one person – “runs the country” or should aspire to.

That’s why the Founders took such pains to divide and limit federal power, and why we need to reinstate those limits that have been trampled in recent years, whether by Presidents ruling via executive order or out-of-control judges legislating from the bench or unelected bureaucrats abusing their power to try to influence the results of elections. If we allow any one person or entity to ignore those limits and assume the power to run everything, we won’t be able to stop them when they run America into the ground.

We should pick leaders who resemble the trees in the Bible story that don’t need or crave power but that have shown they bear good fruit. As it is said, by their fruits ye shall know them. Government has more than enough nuts already.

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  • Tony Cabanillas

    07/07/2022 11:52 PM

    Mike, I'm a big fan & watch your show regularly on TBN. So disappointed to learn you endorsed Karrin Robson for governor of AZ. She is an establishment RINO. I'm a lifelong Republican and a man of faith. I agree with your assessment of the qualities we need in our leaders. Look at the money being spent by Robson to smear Kari Lake the front runner. Like President Trump, the elites in our country hate Kari Lake because if elected she is going to expose the corruption within the Arizona political system. Not certain how aware you are of Arizona's political landscape, but there is little respect for our current governor. He just came out in support of Robson. In contrast, President Trump has endorsed Kari Lake. She is the real deal and like Sarah, she is going to honor her campaign promises when elected governor of the great state of Arizona.

  • John T Odekirk

    07/07/2022 07:20 PM

    Why was Nancy Pelosi so overconfident about the presidential election before the election took place? What did she know and when did she know it!? What can be done to have Nancy Pelosi investigated and turn the tides on her school girl antics? The investigation of Nancy Pelosi should include her visit to a private island to meet with George Soros. What was the outcome agenda as a result of their meeting?

  • Forest Myers

    07/07/2022 09:25 AM

    The article “leaders we need “ is one of the best that I have read in quite a while. Thanks for your excellent use of biblical reference. To God be all the glory. Forest

  • Elizabeth Koehlinger

    07/06/2022 01:10 PM

    Thanks for the very fitting Bible story! Your comments and newsletters are appreciated.

  • Jennifer Sarkkinen

    07/06/2022 11:38 AM

    I so agree!! It's hard to even watch what's going on!
    Then there's that pastor from North Carolina, John Pavlovitz, saying that white evangelicals are the reason for all that's going wrong!! I would like to see him refuted!!
    Even so, Come Lord Jesus!!

    Thanks for your daily verses and articles too! Appreciate you and your words of wisdom!

  • Tammy Tips

    07/06/2022 09:10 AM

    You are absolutely correct! As a psychotherapist with over 20 years experience, this will help people understand this serious problem more deeply. Those who seek political positions are by nature narcissistic and or sociopaths (I’m guessing 97% of them). These personality types are the ones who are naturally attracted to power, attention, wealth, influence etc. so of course they go into politics (or actors/actresses) so they can get the constant and unfillable supplies they need to feed their poor self esteems. The million dollar question is how to solve this problem and weed these people out and attract those who really don’t want/need power but would be good leaders (like yourself).

  • Janet Barber

    07/06/2022 07:49 AM


  • C. Spencer van Gulick

    07/06/2022 07:23 AM

    You often have concise, clarifying things to say, and I read your columns every day (though I can't afford your paid service). I always come away with things to think about.

    But today and yesterday you rang my bell two days in a row. Thanks for this Bible lesson that grabbed me by both ears and pulled me up straight!

  • Debbie DePaul

    07/06/2022 12:52 AM

    Please acknowledge and support the Convention of States in your writings. I worked a good portion of my life in government and could not agree with you more! Not only should politicians be subjected to term limits, but civil servants, with few exceptions (hard scientists) should be required to move to different offices/ departments as applicable. This would keep “pets” with no skills beyond “suck-up” ability from rising to the top. This will help civil servants who truly have the best interests of the people from being buried.

  • Robert John Worrall

    07/05/2022 07:16 PM

    Speaking of weak individuals who crave power aside from the occupier of the Oval Office (he is not the real president), the Senate "majority" leader ( a leader of one) and the Speaker of the House (should be "Loudmouth of the House), we have A.O.Cortez and the rest of the "Clod Squad." I would like to give them this proper recognition as they truly live down to that name.

    Thank you for your newsletter and astute analyses, Governor Huckabee. I am glad you are on our side!

    Best wishes!

    Bob Worrall