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Wisdom, Politics, Faith, and Fear

1 Kings 3:8-9 (NIV) 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

The founding fathers of our nation, those whose documents form our system of government, had great wisdom. Of course, they were not perfect men, but then neither was Solomon. They were men with differing viewpoints and political philosophies. They were flawed just like the men (and women) representing us in government today. Human flaws today are no different from the flaws of our past leaders.

Is the political arena more ugly today than it used to be? Certainly the Civil War was a very ugly time in American history. The division we see today seems as if it could be just as bad. We celebrate President Lincoln for removing the sin of slavery from our young nation but one cannot deny that almost half the nation likely hated him -one man had enough hatred in his heart to assassinate him

Few times in history were void of political turmoil of some sort. Historically, government has been rife with arrogance, abuses of power, questionable judgment, weakness, personal indiscretion, and lack of leadership. It will undoubtedly continue in the future.

There will always be differing political opinions and philosophies on social issues. There will continue to be self-seeking people in positions of leadership. Good leaders may make bad decisions and bad leaders could make good ones. Decisions of the High Court may be judged ‘righteous’ and others will be found to be faulty interpretation of the law.

Psalm 111:10 (NIV) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

It is now ‘politically incorrect’ to say that one fears (gives reverence to) God and seeks His guidance. Since the Supreme Court ruled prayer in school unconstitutional, our country has become a nation that lacks a moral compass. Human reasoning has replaced wisdom. Zero-tolerance has replaced common sense. Political correctness has become more admirable than morality.

Christians have allowed ourselves to be persuaded that we are wrong to ‘force’ our religion on others because they may be ‘offended’. It is freedom of religion and freedom of speech that we are afforded in our First Amendment rights. It is not freedom from religion or from being offended at the speech of others. Are we afraid of offending others more so than offending God? Those of us who claim Jesus as our Savior need to decide whom it is we shall fear.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) …if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.


About Melinda

Melinda is currently the worship leader at her small church in rural America. Married for 23 years, she and her husband Larry have one son. She is the Director of Mailing in the print/mailing industry by day and freelance author by night. Her desire to write is a passion borne from tragedy. God used it to take her faith to a much deeper level. Melinda is a freelance writer and member of FaithWriters. She joined the TBL team in March 2014. Believing we are citizens of a greater ‘kingdom,’ her articles for The Bottom Line examine governmental responsibility, citizen involvement and current political topics. With the great wisdom contained in scripture as her guide, she looks at today’s political environment from a Biblical perspective. She prays her words will prompt the reader to view citizenship - and every aspect of their life, through the eyes of faith. Col 3:17 To read more of Melinda’s writings on her faith, hope, and life visit her blog Still Living Still Loving or her page at Faithwriters.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @MKZbk.

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  1. I enjoyed your article, Melinda, and welcome to the writing team. JOHN LIVINGSTON CLARK

  2. Well said Melinda. I would like to hear more from you. You are not afraid to tell it like it is. I like that.

  3. Well said. I like your honesty. Let us hear more from you .

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