When the wicked arise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous increase. Proverbs 28:28
Proverbs 28 is a strategic guide for wise leadership. Verse after verse compares good leaders to bad ones, and verse 28 ends the chapter by telling us that when wicked people rise to places of authority; they drive away good people; they perish; but after they’re gone, righteousness spreads. We come away from Proverbs 28, saying, “Dear Lord, give us leaders who have true wisdom.” Those who govern best fear God and reverence His Word.
In the American Independence Year of 1776, John Adams, who later became the nation’s second President said, “Statesmen…may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.”1
We must do our best as citizens—voting, praying, paying our taxes, and speaking up. But we must also model personal holiness and godly maturity, for the true hope of our world isn’t found in its politics but in the power of God’s people to be salt and light in the world.
Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion…are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments. – Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence