The Righteous are Bold as a Lion

Proverbs 29:2 observes a fact about the result of influence in a culture for good or bad.  It says, “When the (uncompromisingly) righteous (those who are godly and in right relationship with Almighty God) flourish by increasing in number and in authority over the land, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan as if in mourning.”

Well, there’s a lot of groaning and complaining going on about the wicked, the corrupt and compromised immorality of all kinds going on at every level of society, particularly in the ruling class.

It’s natural to look at that, as most of us always have, and complain about the influence of wicked rulers, but there’s more to it than that… much more.

When you return from a day at work, or out shopping, or driving on the highways, or just interacting with the general public, would you say that the God-fearing, morally pure population of your country is “flourishing” and increasing in number?

Remember… all that must happen for evil to flourish in a culture is for the good people to keep quiet and do nothing.  Light dispels darkness. It’s not the other way around.

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Informed Action generates community reformation when truth comes first

In an age of widespread disinformation and polarized opinions, how can honest, God-fearing people ever expect to see a positive transformation in society?

There’s a strong correlation between community transformation and the humble informed action of godly people in response to truth.  The observation of Isaiah’s generation in Israel parallels what we see today, but we have one big difference. He said:

“Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The LORD looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So, he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm, and his justice sustained him.”

(Isaiah 59:14-16).
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