How Solomon managed debates

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We are in the season of political debates.

Both candidates are speaking to us about their plans and promises for a brighter promise.  Both candidates try to convince to us how competent they are and how lacking the opponent is to lead the country.  As you watch tv the political ads are streaming not so much about their plans but to smear the opponents. Comedians, Saturday Night Live opening skit and many other tv, radio, social media outlets are pouring out their own content to try and convince us they are the best choice to lead this nation. Will Rogers says “The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win.”  Clarence Darrow says “When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.”

I began to think about the situation King Solomon faced when he became king of Israel.

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1 Kings 3:16-28 records a situation between two mothers.  Both women just gave birth to a child.  One night one of the mothers had accidentally turned over onto her child and killed him.  When she discovered this she secretly switched her dead child for the living child while the other woman was sleeping.  Verse 18 states they were alone in the house.  No one could have witnessed the swap.  In the morning when the ladies begin to nurse the innocent mother discovered the child she had was dead, but upon closer inspection she noticed it was not her child.  So they came to Solomon to debate their case.

Solomon had to decide which woman was telling the truth and which woman would be the loving mother of the living child.  The debate began as both women told their story of what happened. I can imagine all who had heard these debates as they were told to lower judges there seemed to be no way to decide so the case went all the way up to the highest court.  It would be decided here. An impossible case with no obvious evidence to convince truthBoth ladies claimed truth and both ladies accused each other.

Solomon’s preparation

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Before we discuss Solomon’s decision, let’s discuss an earlier decision of Solomon recorded earlier in the same chapter (1 Kings 3).  Solomon had just become king after his father King David had died.  The nation of Israel was large and the position of king overwhelmed Solomon.  During a time of worship God spoke to Solomon and offered to give him any wish he desired. Solomon’s answer is recorded in verses 7-9.  “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.  Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.  So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” God was pleased at this request and gave Solomon great wisdom along with other blessings.

Because of Solomon’s wisdom he was able to find a way to determine who the real mother was. Solomon asked for a sword to divide the living son and give half to each woman. Of course the real mother spoke up and said let the child live and give the boy to the other mother.  Solomon said this mother’s compassion for the child has revealed she is the true mother and gave her the boy.  The people were amazed at this wisdom.  But the wisdom was not from Solomon’s learning but rather from God’s blessing.

What Christians need at a time like today is wisdom from God to see through the debates and commercials at which candidate has our nation’s best interest at heart.  Both candidates have deep flaws.  I did not mention the two mothers in the bible were prostitutes living in a brothel. They certainly had bad decisions in their lives.  I believe we are standing at one of the most important decisions in American history.  We need wisdom from God to vote.  It starts by acknowledging our lack of wisdom and ask God for help.  James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

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Remember the decision of Solomon was based on who would speak up to save the child.  The one who had the boy’s life and future in mind even at someone else’s care was the real mother.

As Christians we should vote for the one whom we believe will give hope to our families, religious freedom, national security and a desire for our nation’s future.

Our nation that was built under God’s foundation of truth.  During the debates and all the way to casting your vote, ask God for a discerning heart and to distinguish between right and wrong (1 Kings 3:9).  Seeking God’s guidance in this troubled world will bless you and will place His  Light-N-Side.

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