When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
If you ask most people whether they would prefer to be ruled by righteous or wicked rulers, I think it’s safe to say that they would want to be ruled by righteous rulers: So how do wicked ones get elected? If you ask most people if they would rather work for righteous employers or wicked ones, they would say they’d rather work for the righteous: So where do the wicked ones get their workers?
Maybe there are times when the two are hard to tell apart. Maybe one of the things that makes a wicked person wicked is that they can fool people, that they are really adept liars who deceive people; yes, that might be a big part of being wicked. It could even be true that in some cases, most people would compromise integrity to get something extra.
For instance, a pretty good person might be willing to overlook a little bit of wickedness in a leader, if that leader promised something, like new benefits of some kind, or maybe we might be tempted to overlook a problematic boss who pays a little more than the others do. Maybe I should let an ethicist take it from here…
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I just like to simplify things as much as possible, and these questions really aren’t that difficult; what do we do with the complexities and compromises that we will face in this life? We will simply take our guidance from our Lord; see how simple that was?
All right, so maybe that’s easier to say than to do, but He will surely guide us when we take things to Him, when we ask Him to guide us, and we are willing to go where he leads us… notice that I am presupposing we have relationships with Him. Having a relationship with our Lord Jesus is really the key to most all questions we will face in this life. I don’t mean just a relationship of forms and “practices”, but a relationship that is interactive and intimate. Over the years, I’ve been asked how to do this by so many people; it is probably the question I’ve been asked most often, in fact.
Later today, I’m going to post a sort of beginning to this relationship; let’s call it “Relationship 101”, tomorrow I’ll post the next step, “Relationship 201” and I hope these can help anybody get started, as well as serving as a refresher for all of you “old pros” out there… and me too for that matter.