Rejoicing or Groaning

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.

Proverbs 29:2

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.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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7 Responses to Rejoicing or Groaning

  1. Jnana Hodson says:

    The distinction between righteous and self-righteous needs to be emphasized. Too often in public life we’re seeing that as what Jesus would call the Pharisees and Sadduces, which has me thinking of Luther’s observation he’d rather be ruled by a competent Turk than an incompetent fellow believer.
    Wicked, of course, will lead to some sharp definitions. Too often, we see good people demonized by others, so maybe that should be a warning to look more closely at the accuser. But now you have me thinking about how many rulers have been essentially wicked, not all of them dictators, by the way.
    Our challenge is to look for that Seed of God in each of them and turn them to it, rather than worldly ways. Not always an easy assignment!

  2. The bar for righteousness is pretty high, few make it. Another way to put this is that everyone has a little larceny in them. With regards to elections, I think most people vote for the person they think is most righteous, everyone just has different standards for what they are willing to compromise on. As far as employment, jobs are hard to find, ones that pay enough to live on, sometimes you just don’t have a choice.

  3. pipermac5 says:

    I have worked for “Christians” and I have worked for “heathens”, but I preferred to work for “heathens”. I didn’t expect “heathens” to be “ethical” and “honest”, but most were. I expected that “Christians” would be both “ethical” and “honest”, but NONE of them were. While they were mouthing Scripture and acting “pious”, they were actually worshiping the Almighty-Dollar.

    I was the service manager for a bicycle shop which was owned by a “Christian”, but he was as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. He finally fired me because I refused to “pad” my service tickets. He had tried to entice me with “bonuses”, but I refused to treat my customers that way. I had an excellent reputation, while he had a LOUSY reputation. I treated my customers fairly, while he screwed his customers at every turn.

    I expected “heathens” to be “crooked”, but they weren’t. I expected “Christians” to be “fair” and “honest”, but they weren’t. Their “Christianity” was only a veneer.



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  5. Some people elect leaders thinking they are righteous then they turn out to be wicked
    Saul started out anointed by God til he fell from grace with a profane sacrifice
    In a monarchy kings and queens are rarely the people’s choice
    Yes you are right all of us are prone to compromise
    That’s why all leaders must trust God for guidance
    Theres a difference between occasional slip ups and habitual wickedness but moral integrity is a hugely significant quality on behalf of a leader
    The more they move away from biblical foundations of truth the harder it is to believe they will uphold or represent it well.
    It may be necessary for a wicked leader to temporarily remove themselves from leadership in order to humble themselves before the Lord n restore a right relationship with Him n the people whose interests they are supposed to represent

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