“When the wicked rise, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.”
“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”
There you have the last verse of Proverbs Chapter 28 and the second verse of Proverbs Chapter 29, and the topic is leadership, especially government. The Lord repeatedly addresses this vital topic because He wants to get our attention and direct our action.
The message is quite clear: When you have wise leadership, good things happen. But when you have unwise leadership, bad things happen. This is true in every organization and institution, and it is magnified in government.
Governments throughout history have struggled mightily in the face of this reality, usually without much success. Corrupt people are attracted to the power, prestige, and money that inevitably come along with government. And it seems that the level of corruption scales with the size and power of the government.
The Founding Fathers clearly understood the danger, warned about it constantly, and wrote into the U.S. Constitution a system of checks and balances that were intended to protect against the selfish and manipulative grifters who would inevitably find their way into government either through elected office, political appointment, or social influence.
It is very disheartening to see the extent to which America has deviated from the core principles of the Constitution and allowed government to grow into a massive, out-of-control bureaucracy that is dominated by personal agendas, toxic partisanship, deep corruption, and unimaginable fiscal irresponsibility.
We need to return to the timeless principles of the founders. We need a government with the following characteristics:
- The smallest possible size and the least possible power.
- The lowest possible taxes and the fewest possible regulations.
- The greatest possible freedom and opportunity for the greatest number of people.
- Elected leaders with character, competence, and a servant’s heart.
This was the original vision for how government should work in our nation, and it has been the most successful political and social structure in the history of the world.
God desires and blesses wise political leaders, and He denounces and opposes corrupt political leaders. As citizens in a constitutional republic, we have the responsibility to vote wisely and elect leaders who will serve in government with character, competence, and humility.
National culture is affected by the character of its leaders and its citizens. So let me repeat: When a nation has a critical mass of wise and responsible people, it is a blessing and the nation prospers. But when there is a preponderance of people who speak and act foolishly, a nation will suffer.
“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness. By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.” (Proverbs 11.10-11)
God is calling us. Trust Him and do the work.