Good and bad leadership


When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
when the wicked rule, the people groan.
Proverbs 29:2

The aspiration of all peoples is to be governed with justice and equity. Everyone wants their rights to be respected and the least possible government interference in their normal activities as long as they are legal, of course. The sad reality is that this type of fair and balanced government is the exception not the rule and that is why we see so many rebellions like those now ocurring in some Arab nations. The world has always had its share of tyrants and oppressors whose sole purpose is the indiscriminate use of the power that has been given to them or that they have taken by force of arms and traps. When a wicked man rules, the people can only have woes and tribulations. The only way to get a solution that does not prove to be worse than the situation of tyranny that it seeks to correct is to ask God to remove the evil ruler. The trouble is that man has always thought that he can achieve anything that he proposes to do without the help of God and that is why people do not seek God with all their heart to receive liberation.

On the contrary, how much joy people experience when he who rules the destinies of a country is a righteous and God-fearing person. The direction of the Holy Spirit in his life ensures that decisions conduce to achieve the welfare of the people and that corruption is effectively punished to the delight of the masses. If you are suffering the rigors of finding yourself under a tyranny, seek God. Do not believe that mechanisms established by politicians and the military, violent or peaceful, will get you out of subservience. Only God has the power and authority to set or remove the authorities of a country or a nation. A nation that seeks God will have more opportunities to live ruled by an authority that really cares for their welfare than a country where people are unrighteous and full of idolatry. Look to God. To God alone be the glory!

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