by: FCC Staff
If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.
Today’s proverb shows us how a culture of corruption can take root in the administration of government. It stands to reason that if a leader listens to lies, then those he chooses to be his officials will be the ones willing to tell lies, the wicked.
We can shake our heads, wring our hands, and bemoan the truth of governmental corruption. We can be tempted to pat ourselves on the back as not being part of any of that. We aren’t any kind of ruler, right? We don’t have to worry about the truth of this proverb.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” That’s 2 Peter 2:9. Catch that “royal priesthood” bit. We are all royal, all leaders, all priestly, in the kingdom of God. Every time scripture talks about our adoption as children of God, there is the implied understanding that we are then, as children of the King, royal rulers ourselves.
That’s an amazing and humbling truth. So how much more dangerous and tragic when we, or the royal court of God, Himself, listen to falsehood? It’s dangerous and deadly when a civic ruler and his officials are given to lies. Spiritually, it is all the more dangerous; the consequences can be eternal.
So today, let’s not listen to the lie that we, too, can’t be tempted to listen to falsehood. We need to be wise in who we allow to influence us. Paul stated very bluntly, “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals,’” (1 Corinthians 15:33). That doesn’t mean we are to shun others, or be aloof thinking we are too good to interact with others who have yet to meet Christ or walk in His truth. It’s exactly the meaning of the prayer Christ had for us--to be in the world, but not of the world (John 17:11, 14–15). We are to love people, even our enemies, but not let them persuade us into error and sin.
So today, let’s run to the truth. To Christ. His teachings and example can guide us and keep our paths straight. Our Ruler is the Truth. As His officials, we should then be righteous.
Prayer for Today:
Father, give me your wisdom to know your truth and stay away from lies. Jesus, show me your love, that I may live it out, in the truth of who You are. By your Holy Spirit, guide me today to know more of You, to trust in your Word, and to live in the truth. Amen.