(#188) The Proverbs of Solomon 28:2-For Which Leader Do You Vote?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 28:2: “Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged.”

A country, nation, and people who become corrupted by “transgression,” has frequent, often violent, turnovers in leaders. Solomon later said: “When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves” (Proverbs 28:12). God spoke through Jeremiah and said, “‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?’ says the LORD. ‘Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it’” (Jeremiah 18:6-10). God’s case against Israel was because they followed their wicked king, instead of obeying God: “When I would have healed Israel, Then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered, And the wickedness of Samaria. For they have committed fraud; A thief comes in; A band of robbers takes spoil outside. They do not consider in their hearts That I remember all their wickedness; Now their own deeds have surrounded them; They are before My face. They make a king glad with their wickedness, And princes with their lies” (Hosea 7:1-3). A nation that chooses corrupt leaders has chosen its own destruction!

The only remedy is to turn to God and choose “a man of understanding and knowledge” so that “right will be prolonged.” Not all government leaders are to be followed if they abandon God: “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure: ‘Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion’” (Psalm 2:1-6). No concerted effort of “the kings of the earth” can overthrow God’s “King,” Jesus Christ, who now is on the throne of David in Heaven (Acts 2:25-32). Only a President and Congressional leaders who understand and know God’s Will can and should lead a country in the right way! It is by God’s Wisdom that “kings reign, And rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth” (Proverbs 8:15-16).

It is a wicked people who elect (and re-elect!) wicked leaders who justify their wickedness!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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I Timothy 2:1-2 First of all then I…

I Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I exhort that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may live a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
Romans 13:1, 5 Let every soul be subject to the higher authorities. For there is no authority but of God; the authorities that exist are ordained by God…Therefore, you must be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience’s sake.
I Peter 2:13-14 Then be in obedience to every ordinance of men, because of the Lord, whether to a king as supreme, or to governors as sent by Him for vengeance on evildoers, but for praise on welldoers.
I Peter 2:17 Honor all. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

Given the clear teaching from the Scriptures above, why do I continue to get e-mails from Christians that, to say the least, are not complimentary to the current President? Is he worse than Nero or Caligula, who were rulers when the Scriptures were given? If the first-century Christians were commanded to honor them, are we not to follow the same Scriptures? I have repented and no longer forward those e-mails. Am I the only Christian who was guilty? Just a thought.

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scary words

I didn’t check to verify this, but I’ve been told that Ronald Reagan once said the nine scariest words that can come out of a man’s mouth are, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

Humorous statement from the president that reflects a bit of truth about the way our government works. Jesus once spoke a nine-word sentence that troubles me at times. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15, NASB).

Lord, You demonstrated Your love for us by dying in our stead. Help us demonstrate our love for You by keeping Your commandments.

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If I were to choose America’s greatest president…

If I were to choose America’s greatest president, I would not hesitate to choose Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln had shortcomings, but he was truly a great man. One quality that made him so great is the fact that he didn’t see his own greatness. He was humble with a genuine humility. When the National Cemetery at Gettysburg was dedicated, the featured orator was Edward Everett. He delivered a eloquent speech fitting for the occasion. Lincoln was moved by it and later admitted his embarrassment at his brief address. It seemed so unworthy when contrasted. But how unfounded his regrets were. 100 years later no one knows what Everett said but every school child has heard of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. I like the way Phillips translates Galatians 6:3:” if a man thinks he is somebody he is deceiving himself, for the very thought proves he is nobody.” This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

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Does Our Political Passion Hurt Evangelism?

People believe what they have been taught in their world. If someone is raised to be conservative or liberal, that is usually the path they will take. Someone will need to be educated to how to think and see things in the right perspective.

God’s Word allows us to change worldviews and to see things in a different way. We cannot expect that to happen to everyone by osmosis.

When someone does not have any interest in Christianity and never opens a Bible, they will have beliefs based on their past and knowledge.

People grow up in a tribe that practices cannibalism and then later learn a better way and change. If they were so suspicious of the missionaries who visited them that they would never listen, they would remain savages all of their lives.

If we are not careful of how we express our political beliefs, we can close doors that can never be opened again. People can legitimately be believers in a political party and what it stands for because it fits the way they were raised.

If we will show a better way with love, gentleness and empathy, we may be able to approach them with the gospel as well.  We use Scripture to address moral and ethical issues rather than attacking the candidate we disagree with.

In this current presidential climate, considering the President is a different race than many voters, this is especially important. The more people attack the man, the more hardened his supporters become. Their belief that people hate Obama because of his race is rooted in generations of prejudice and racism. Seen in that light, this attitude is more understandable.

Unless people wake up to this  reality, they will always be confused by the hostility of others.

My article today is about respecting the office of the Presidency regardless of who is in office. It is extremely important that Christians lead the way on on this issue. We are commanded to honor and pray for the President. I hope you will read the article and share your thoughts on this matter, as well as my article.


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In a president, character is everything….

In a president, character is everything. A president doesn’t have to be brilliant… He doesn’t have to be clever; you can hire clever… You can hire pragmatic, and you can buy and bring in policy wonks. But you cant buy courage and decency, you cant rent a strong moral sense. A president must bring those things with him. He needs to have, in that much maligned word, but a good one nonetheless, a vision of the future he wishes to create.. But a vision is worth little if a president doesn’t have the character – the courage and heart – to see it through.

Peggy Noonan, 20th century American author, speech writer for U.S. President Ronald Reagan

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“If you are a mother, that is a full-ti…

“If you are a mother, that is a full-time career and ministry, never stoop to become the President of the United States.”

Art Kohl

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