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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

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"It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established in righteousness." 

  Proverbs 16:12

  Kings, and all heads of state, are under special obligations to avoid wickedness and to practice righteousness. By the authority which they wield, many under their government may be rightly and justly treated or wrongly and unjustly treated. Heads of state, whether in executive, legislative, or judicial branches of government, are to rule in righteousness. Their public life and their private life is to be a righteous life. Indeed, everyone is to live a righteous private life, but not everyone has magisterial authority over others as do government officials. But what is righteousness? This is really a religious question, not a political question. Government is based upon religion. An atheist, a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu, etc., give very different answers to this question. Sharia law of Islam is not Christian law. Communist governments (atheistic) do not take ethics from Holy Scripture. The Bible teaches that all men know there is a God who created all things; that all men have a conscience sensitive to right and wrong; that on that conscience is stamped the work of the law of God given to Israel, which we know as the ten commandments. But mankind is opposed to this law. "The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be." (i.e. without the new birth). We are told in the Bible that men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. We are told that men know truth but are convicted by it and hence suppress it, deny it, and do battle against it in their personal -- and for many heads of state, in their public lives also. No one should lie, be sexually immoral, cheat, steal, etc., but especially those whose responsibility is to uphold righteousness. Adulterous nations will have adulterous leaders, and lying nations will have deceitful heads of state. What many citizens want and practice in their private lives will boomerang upon them in their leaders' lives. Let him that is without sin cast the first stone.


 

   

   

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