God Sets Guidelines for Government
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked beareth rule the people mourn.” - Proverbs 29:2.
There’s an old proverb, not a Bible proverb, but a wonderful proverb that says, “If the gold rust, what shall the iron do?” And the meaning is: if those in leadership, those at the helm, do not lead aright, what is going to happen to the rest of us?
What does the Bible say about national leadership? In Proverbs 29 it is clear that those in leadership should lead by godly principles. The Bible repeatedly warns us that our leaders should be upright—and what the consequences will be if they are not.
Proverbs 14:34 states, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Daniel confessed to God, “And because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.” Daniel 9:16
Jesus said, “We are to render to God the things that are God’s.” But He also said, “We are to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.” Our “Caesar” is a government of, by, and for the people. The very genius of our government is that the people participate. It is none other than Jesus, therefore, who teaches us to participate in government. I hope you vote. If you do not vote, I believe you have disobeyed your Lord. It’s unthinkable that God Almighty would have ordained government and then told His people to stay out of it. Then who would that leave to influence and to lead?
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