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The Proverbial Journey 28

March 28, 2010

Proverbs Chapter 28

Just a passing statement or two of our times and our responsibility as followers of Jesus regardless of these times we find ourselves in.

2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,
but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.

3 A ruler [a] who oppresses the poor
is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.

4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
but those who keep the law resist them.

5 Evil men do not understand justice,
but those who seek the LORD understand

We all want to be in charge and control, it’s been our struggle since the Garden of Eden.  It’s called pride.  We all have our thoughts and opinions about what should happen in our land and what things ought to look like.  Certainly, we need to pray, seek God, and vote.  However, we need to make sure that we are upholding the commands of Christ (they are “law” for those of us who say we believe – John 14:15).  So before we march on Washington or yell at our T.V.s while watching cable news and fall into despair and fear.  Understand that Jesus has the final word and we are to do our part, first and foremost, by loving God with ALL and loving our neighbor as our selves (Luke 10:27).  We (as individuals who follow Jesus) are to care for the widows and orphans.  We are to be the light of Christ by LIVING the Gospel not yelling it angrily at others.

With that being said.  Please be active in a Godly way in the issues of our day.  Just remember, being the Body of Christ and taking personal responsibility for living the Gospel comes first.  Be careful to not get so caught up in preserving the American dream that we forsake our personal responsibility to the Great Commission and Great Commandment.

The rest of this chapter goes on to challenge us to work hard, love righteousness, to rule fairly if we are in leadership, and to care for the poor.

27 He who gives to the poor will lack nothing,
but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.

We need to heed these things.  These are the marks of those who follow Christ and they will impact our world with the Gospel.

“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words” – St. Francis of Assisi 1181-1286 founder of the Franciscan Order


From → Proverbs

One Comment
  1. I have been thinking a lot the last few days about the leaders of our country and our responsibility as Christians. All the great revivals that have taken place in the last 2000 years have started with the people. It had nothing to do with the government leaders. If individuals will make decisions to give their lives to Christ and then make the choice to share it with their neighbors that is what will Christianize a nation. Some call this the “bubble up effect”. It seems to work a lot better than the “trickle down effect”.

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