by Jim Hughes
Rotten to the core is how we can describe most countries today. Everywhere you turn you see evil glorified. You see people seemingly with no shame doing things in public that are immoral. You see blatant disregard for godly living. People are abused and used for personal pleasure and gain. Where there is restrictions on public behavior, there is often a disregard for human life or accepted mistreatment of women and children. No matter how it manifests itself, sin is everywhere.
Some try to legislate morality in an effort to keep peace and order in society. It doesn’t work. Moral laws cannot change the soul. You cannot mask evil hearts with laws. When those who are evil run government, bad things happen and eventually governments fall and chaos reigns. Unstable people cannot produce a stable country.
On the other hand, where there are wise and knowledgeable leaders there are stable governments. Such people are grounded by the truth. Wisdom comes from God. He is the source of all lasting truth. Only in God do we find that which works in life. Only in God do we find a way to live that ensures us of eternal life. Wisdom is the right application of knowledge. It is taking the Word of God and applying it well to life.
Knowledge doesn’t just happen. It comes from honest and open-hearted searching for truth. It is understanding that is gleaned from studying the Scriptures and from living by faith. It is an ever-expanding discovery of how to live a life pleasing to God.
Wise and knowledgeable leaders govern well and keeps a country stable. They are people who respect life. They treat people well. They do what is good for the common good of the people. They live respectable lives and they do not lord it over others. Wise and knowledgeable people understand the dangers of power and do not let it go to their heads.
Pray that the Lord would raise up wise and knowledgeable people to lead you. Ask Him to intervene and move those over you to do what is right in His sight. Ask Him to keep those who rule over you humble. Pray for peace and stability.
About the Author:
Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.
C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.
I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.
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