I watched the final 2016 Presidential debate last night. Many are asking who won. All I know is that with both candidates we as a people lose. There is much I could say about the candidates and the culture. It is a mess. It is worse than a mess. We are not just in decline. We are in despair.
We are so desperate, many have decided to vote for the person they believe to be the 'lesser of two evils.' This is largely an example of mental gymnastics to justify something they would never do in any other area of life. No one is going to take their diseased child to the second worst doctor they can find. People don't eat at the second worst restaurant in town. People do not get online, research car dealers, and then pick the one that has a rating that is second from the bottom. But things are so bad right now, that they are willing to vote into the highest office of the land a person they truly believe to be one of the worst choices ever.
It has become popular to say, "We aren't voting for a pastor. We are voting for a President. Our founding fathers would have scoffed at this notion. There were spiritual standards one needed to meet in order to hold office. This is because they knew that if a person did not have the proper character traits and integrity, they would destroy the good upon which this nation was built. Our form of government can only work with a moral people. So it would make sense that an immoral person cannot rule effectively in our system.
Let me just share with you what God has to say about the relationship between righteousness and a successful nation.
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." (Proverbs 14:34)
"When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan." (Proverbs 29:2)
If you are quiet, above the yelling and attacking, you can hear a horrible groaning coming from every corner of our nation.
Worldviews and lifestyles have consequences. A Godly person is a better leader... even if they are not a Christian. A reprobate is never a better leader, though God is supreme and can use them against their will. We shouldn't put God in a position where He has to use a leader against their will. Because He often won't. He will usually let us be led by our horrible choices. When we make choices of leaders in accordance with what we know God will bless, we give ourselves a better chance to succeed as a nation.
Here is the rest of the Proverbs 29 passage.
One who becomes stiff-necked, after many reprimands will be shattered instantly— beyond recovery.
When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan.
A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth.
By justice a king brings stability to a land, but a man who demands “contributions” demolishes it.
A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
An evil man is caught by sin, but the righteous one sings and rejoices.
The righteous person knows the rights of the poor, but the wicked one does not understand these concerns.
Mockers inflame a city, but the wise turn away anger.
If a wise man goes to court with a fool, there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.
Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person, but the upright care about him.[e]
A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man holds it in check.
If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials will be wicked.
The poor and the oppressor have this in common: the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
A king who judges the poor with fairness— his throne will be established forever.
A rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a youth left to himself is a disgrace to his mother.
When the wicked increase, rebellion increases, but the righteous will see their downfall.
Discipline your son, and it will bring you peace of mind and give you delight.
Without revelation people run wild, but one who listens to instruction will be happy.
A slave cannot be disciplined by words; though he understands, he doesn’t respond.
Do you see a man who speaks too soon? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
A slave pampered from his youth will become arrogant[j] later on.
An angry man stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered man[k] increases rebellion.
A person’s pride will humble him, but a humble spirit will gain honor.
To be a thief’s partner is to hate oneself; he hears the curse but will not testify.
The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.
Many seek a ruler’s favor, but a man receives justice from the Lord.
An unjust man is detestable to the righteous, and one whose way is upright
is detestable to the wicked.
Sounds like God values pastor types in leadership more than he values successful lawyers and business people. This doesn't mean that the President must be ordained in a denomination and have a church he preaches to every week. But it means that we must have someone who is upright and not someone who is a reprobate. If we choose a wicked person to lead us, we are actually asking for more wickedness.
With unrighteousness comes destruction. With righteousness comes blessing. We are at a crossroads. Let us choose well. Always go with righteousness... even if it is not being offered as one of your choices.
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My name is David, and I want to know God more, and help other people find Him.