QUESTION: Proverbs 16:12: It is an abomination for king’s to commit wicked acts. For the throne is established on righteousness. Can this also relate to our government?
This most certainly applies to our government. Actually, this scripture is a warning. This warning can apply to us as much as to them. Let me explain.
The difference between the governments back then and ours today is that we have a say. Voting is not just a privilege but also a responsibility. It’s also one that we will answer to God for. If we vote for people that do unrighteous things, we are partially to blame. Personally I could never vote for someone who openly chooses policies that oppose God. We have a say in their unrighteousness.
Our government does some pretty evil things. But did you know that they are at the mercy of the church? Look at 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (NASB). “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” Many Christians love to rail against government policies that they don’t agree with however the Bible calls us to pray. To complain instead of praying means you essentially say that God is powerless to do anything about it! Now, that changes things doesn’t it?
1 Timothy 2:2 says why we pray, to live a tranquil and quiet life. Then in verse 3 it says that this attitude God considers good. You can’t argue with that!
Our nation now is facing the results of a church that’s been sleeping. As Christians we have simply allowed too many evil policies and politicians to ruse to prominence. Our Proverbs scripture is also a warning. Notice where it says a throne is established on righteousness? To be established means to be strong, stable, and unmovable. This scripture is telling us that if we want our country to be immovable and strong, we better not put up with that evil. We need to pray it out.
Every country that resists or rejects God, does not last. If righteous deeds strengthen, then unrighteous ones weaken. It’s godly to pray for your government and your nation. It’s should be out habit because it is our duty.