“Take away the wicked before the king,
And his throne will be established in righteousness.” (Proverbs 25:5)
The God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, and David, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ reigns as the sovereign ruler over all mankind and over those seated in position of political authority. He requires that they submit to His rule.
Because of our sin nature God established civil government and placed magistrates in power to protect those who submit to God’s sovereignty and seek to lead honorable lives from those individuals who hate God, who raise defiantly raise their fist and violate His laws.
There are two types of men who rule in the sphere of civil government. First, there are those who bend the knee in acknowledgement of the sovereignty of God and His word as the standard of conduct in society. Then there are those who believe whatever they decide to do is right, independent of the eternal truths found in the Bible. Whatever these men decide the law to be, it is right because it is the law that they have chosen independently by an act of their own will, disregarding guidance from the scriptures.
Yet God has established His standards in His word by which we can determine what actions are good and wholesome and right, and what actions are evil, wicked and detestable.
The struggle that we see in our nation and around the world is a struggle between good and evil, between God and His people who lead honorable lives and those who are conducting their lives in rebellion against God and His laws. There can be no unity between these two groups. One side will ultimately dominate and force the other side into submission and acceptance of their standards. The choice is between God’s irrevocable standards and man’s self-made standards.
“Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together
against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
‘Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!’
He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury, saying,
‘But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain.’” (Psalm 2:1-6)
When a ruler surrounds himself with those who demonstrate, by their immoral actions, that they are wicked, the ruler will be influenced to adopt their evil thinking, justify their behavior, and disobey God’s requirement that the ruler punish evildoers and protect the righteous. Surrounding himself with wicked people undermines the ruler’s moral authority and ultimately leads to his destruction.
On the other hand, if the ruler will remove the wicked from his inner circle and surround himself with wise, godly men, as Donald Trump has apparently decided to do, then he will have a righteous throne and experience God’s blessings.
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