Righteous Rulers In Contrast to Wicked Ones

By Merrill Olson

Long before the United States of America came into being with its Christian foundation, the Word of God stated: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man [woman] rules, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2).

This was the thinking and belief of the majority of American’s founders. Tragically, few people realize in our present day that many of these men were devoutly Christian or stood for biblical standards. In fact, those at the time of the American Revolution saw America as an opportunity to bring forth a country based on these values.

For example, John Adams, the Second President (1797-1801), wrote in his diary on February 22, 1756: “Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their very law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited …What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.”

John Quincy Adams, the Sixth President, stressed: “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government and principles of Christianity.” James Madison is often considered the chief architect of the Constitution as well as the Bill of Rights. He was a profound Bible student. Even though he became a lawyer and a statesman, he never wavered on his Christian convictions. Many early leaders could likewise be described and quoted.

Therefore, a careful study of American History will reveal, to any critic, the emphasis upon God and the Bible as the sources upon which this country was to be governed.

This founding basis means that no one has to wonder why God has utterly blessed America up to this point in time. So, two very good reasons stand out: First, because of America’s favoritism toward Israel (Genesis 12:2-3); and secondly, because of the beliefs of the America’s Founders. Without a doubt, these two explanations speak loudly to God’s blessings upon the United States of America.

Nevertheless, America is becoming a country that will eventually start experiencing God’s judgment, if it has not already begun. As this nation forgets God and the One upon whom the Founders based their government upon, God will gradually remove His blessing from it. As America turns its back on Israel, as many of its leaders are doing, God’s promise to “curse” it will happen (Genesis 12:3).

Consequently, is America now slowly progressing to a point of no return? Most likely! America is not even mentioned in Scripture. God says, “When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice; But when a wicked man [woman] rules, the people groan.” As ungodly leaders are voted into places of leadership, the American people will suffer. Think of the countries with corrupt government leadership! The people are suffering.

Is this Bible prophecy being fulfilled? It very much looks like it. When will Jesus return?
No one knows! For us who are saved, our focus must daily be on Him (Heb. 12:1-2).

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