Moral and political paralysis


To the editor:

The United States is suffering from a moral and political paralysis. The leaders are fighting each other. They are bogged down with complex domestic problems and cannot get anything done becuase they cannot agree on a solution. Partisanship has created a do-nothing legislature. The U.S. is facing large, complex problems so expensive that no one can offer a good solution.

According to the Bible, the longevity of a government is determined by its commitment to moral principles God has dictated. When a majority of people abide by these principles, God blesses the nation with prosperity and longevity. He sends the holy spirit to prompt honest-hearted citizens to be good neighbors. The holy spirit helps people made good decisions because good decisions bring good results for individuals, families and, ultimately, the nation.

To ensure continuity for oncoming generations, God also raises up good leaders and the result is a good government that prospers and endures. This is why King David wrote “Blessed is the nation whose God is the lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven, the lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on Earth. He forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. But the eyes of the lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.”

Governments are very complex organizations. In fact, they are so complicated that men cannot manage a government on their own. It is true that a man or woman can rise to the position of king, queen, dictator or president, but only with God’s approval.

God sets kings up and takes them down according to his higher purposes, as hard a pill as that may be for America to swallow, it is the word of God, like it or not.

Sometimes God will raise up a king to serve as a destroyer of other nations, only to destroy that king and his nation when they pass the point of no return. Because we cannot know or understand God’s higher purposes until he reveals them, we have to trust him. We have to accept that he is carefully and thoughfully managing the political processes on Earth to benefit the world. Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar, “He (the most high God) changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness and light dwells with him.”

God is in control even in these chaotic and wicked times. The fact is Jesus Christ, the king of kings, the lord of lords, will one day set up his kingdom on Earth and he will rule with righteousness and justice for all.

Frederick Eily



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