Godly Government – Interview by Kemi Ogunniyi
“If those early Christians could pray for their malevolent leaders, we certainly can do the same for ours.” Desiree Mondesir, Author, Godly Government.
So, you are a very dedicated, vocal activist, and you’re Christian, but when was the last time you prayed for your leaders?It generally baffles me that a lot of people who claim to be Christians (i.e. followers of Christ) curse their leaders, especially political leaders, under the guise of criticism. There is absolutely nothing wrong with criticising our leaders and scrutinising their every move (after all, we elected them and they are accountable to us); the bone of contention really lies in the negative words we may tend to frequently throw at them when angry at them for whatsoever reason. We must learn to criticise our leaders without going to the extremes of cursing. If you call your president a useless idiot, what does that say about you? A useless idiot is leading you and making decisions that affect everything you do. Think about it, what does that say about you?
If you are a true follower of Christ, the question that should guide your conduct is the popular WWJD saying, What Would Jesus Do? Well, when it comes to our attitude about our leaders, the word of God has a very clear stance:
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives…” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
This is one of the reasons Desiree M. Mondesir wrote a book for Christians, called ‘Godly Government’. ‘It’s about the Church’s responsibility to God and the nation to pray—and act,’ she says.
Desiree is the CEO and Founder of Desired Assistance, a virtual writing and editing company founded in 2010. Desiree’s passion is to advance and expand the Kingdom of God through the giftings and passions that God has given her, as well as encourage other people to do the same in their own way. She studied English Literature at Oral Roberts University, USA, and has also been published in Gospel Today Magazine, celebrity stylist Jason Bolin’s DENIM Magazine, Boudoir Fashion Magazine, as well as in Reaccentuated Business Blog.
In this interview she shares more about her book.
What made you write this book?
God.Godly Government is actually derived from a chapter in my forthcoming traditional book, The Final Hour. The book would have been incomplete without that chapter although it is not a governmental book overall. Yet it was also a marketing move.
I’d just read Platform by Michael Hyatt (go buy it, today!) and he stated what I was thinking—that I should have some type of free eBook, etc. to distribute to help create my own “platform” as well as lay the ground for The Final Hour. And although we’re not offering Godly Government for free (at least not right now anyway) it is only $4.99!
It is comforting to see though that in the state my nation (USA) is in—as well as several nations around the world—that what is in Godly Government (wisdom, real talk, and prayer guides) is absolutely necessary to the Church and world. As you can well see, we’ve been severely lacking in fulfilling our Christian duties to our nation(s).
I know there are many books out there about Godly governance, but is there any other author or similar work that inspired you?
Probably the biggest influence on my work is Prophetess Cindy Jacobs. If you’ve read her books Possessing the Gates of the Enemy as well as The Reformation Manifesto, which are both wholly phenomenal books that every serious Christian should own, I believe you will see a kindred spirit in my book(s) to hers.
She also has a statement that I first saw her make on Twitter and that is this: “voting is spiritual warfare.” You’ll hear me quote this, more than once, in the book because it is such a short, yet powerful statement! If more Christians thought like that, the world would be a very different place.
What was the hardest part of writing the book?
In truth, it wasn’t at all hard to write. 1) The first part, as aforementioned, is a chapter straight from my forthcoming book The Final Hour so that part only needed editing. 2) The second part is a compilation of articles that I’d written for a magazine column that I previously co-authored. 3) The third and final part is a Prayer Guide Index that I did write from scratch, but again, it was not difficult because I was simply writing what I would be praying.
Editing was the biggest thing I had to do specific to this particular project.
Any advice for Christians about praying for their leaders – instead of cursing?
I understand being angry. We all get angry. Yet the Bible says, “Be angry AND SIN NOT!” Folks like to “cherry-pick” the Word of God and apply only what suits them. James told us to be not only hearers, but DOERS of the Word so we don’t deceive ourselves (James 2:22). Needless to say, many “Christians” are deceived.
What Paul said (in 1 Timothy 2:1-2) wasn’t a suggestion; it was a command. And, may I point out that Paul commanded these prayers—not curses!—to be made under one of the most evil sets of rulers in the Ancient (and modern) world—the Roman emperors who expelled Christians from Rome, enslaved them, caused them to fight for their lives as gladiators, and more often than not, fed them to the lions in the stadiums. If those early Christians could pray for their malevolent leaders, we certainly can do the same for ours.
Jesus too, set this example by praying for and forgiving those who participated in crucifying Him. He also set the precedent of respecting the governing authorities. He was probably not fond of and certainly didn’t agree with them by complying with the law of the land and His paying taxes—without complaining I might add! My spiritual father, Apostle Guillermo Maldonado, has a phrase that he uses all the time which is “seeker-friendly”, as in seeker-friendly churches, ministries, or in this case, authors. These are individuals who “minister” not what God would have them minister, but what is “friendly” to and accepted by the “seekers” or members of their churches. My advice is to stop it! Stop it right now! When you mount the pulpit or take up your pen, you are meant to convey what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to that particular group of people at that particular time in the way that He would have you say it. Preach that. Write that. It’s time out for all these motivational, inspirational speeches that are being passed off as sermons. God’s not in it, that’s why people aren’t being changed for the better.
My writing is pretty much “in your face” so to speak. I don’t write that way to be rude or harsh, but to be true and I don’t apologise for it. Neither should the men and women of God who are preaching and writing what God tells them to. The Word is a sword! It ain’t for sissies! This is for Christian leaders in every area, not just those involved in politics and government.
Don’t disrespect your governing authorities. Disagree with them if necessary. Teach your people the truth. But cover them in prayer! Who knows whether God would want to use you as an Ananias to pray for a Saul of Tarsus and lead him/her into the Kingdom of God? You can’t pray for “Saul” if you’re talking about him.
Be open to the leading of the Spirit. He will never steer you wrong.
What else are you working on at the moment?
I have a million projects in the works! The Final Hour is very soon to go into the publishing works. I’ve also started researching for and writing the companion (not sequel) to The Final Hour although I’m not revealing the title just yet.
Currently on the market is my book Faith and the Imagination for sale on Amazon and CreateSpace and I also author www.daweddings.wordpress.com as well as my blog on DesireeMMondesir.com. I’ve got other projects in the works, but these are currently at the top of my list.
Where can people get the book?
Godly Government is available for iPad, Nook, and Kindle downloads. You can visit http://desireemmondesir.com/store.html for links to all three eBook versions.
If you’d like to learn more about me, you can visit and subscribe to DesireeMMondesir.com and “like” my Facebook Page You may also follow me on Twitter @DesireeMondesir, Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/dmondesir/, and Tumblr at http://desireemmondesir.tumblr.com/.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, it was absolutely my pleasure!
God bless you and your readers!