Here I see Scriptural encouragement to advocate to remove corrupt judges & politicians and replace them with good people to take their place. It’s with this in mind that I encourage good people to run for office, to avoid political passivity, to take actions like voting and writing their representatives, and to pray for politicians as per 1 Tim. 2:1-9.
Proverbs 28:12: “Strong” clearly parallels “rise to power;”. That strength is not merely the ability to squat heavy weights under the barbell, this is a form of strength that finds expression in the public sphere. This “rise to power” of the righteous increases the Glory: The Glory that the citizens give to the Creator Who created Righteousness, by definition. The people glorify Him when they live and love with Shalom. That increase of Glory continues to draw others into The Father, Creator of all.
That Glory is diminished when the unrighteous people have strength in politics and influence. Verse 15 affirms, adding that an unrighteous ruler treats the poor exactly the way the devil treats all people: like a roaring lion. No wonder because the unrighteous fulfill the actions ans will of the enemy.
How much more do the righteous fulfill the will and good works of the Creator. Pray for all leaders (1 Tim 2:1-9), and support and encourage the righteous leaders to persist in doing Good. Help the Good to succeed and consider what office you might take.
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Five reasons why your vote counts: If you live in a Republic such as the USA, Europe, or any nation in the world that’s not a dictatorship or a kingdom, nor ruled by a party which squashes free speech and falsifies votes, your vote counts, and you would be well-advised to prayerfully make your decision and cast your ballot with wisdom. There is a temptation to give up; to believe that your vote just doesn’t count, even if you have a representative government. Here are some reasons for that temptation:
If out of state, the Absentee Ballot is always an option. One easy way to arrange that is to phone your home town. Another way is via web sites such as:
1 Timothy 2:1-8 AENT:
1. I exhort you, therefore, first of all, that you present to Elohim supplication and prayer and intercession and thanksgiving for all men: 2. for kings and magistrates that we may dwell in a quiet and tranquil habitation with all reverence for Elohim and with purity. 3. For this is good and acceptable before Elohim our life-giver, 4. who would have all men live and be converted to the knowledge of the truth. 5. For Elohim is one, and the mediator between Elohim and men is one; (namely) the man Y’shua the Mashiyach, 6. who gave himself a ransom for every man; a testimony that arrived in due time, 7. of which I am constituted a herald and apostle. I speak the truth and do not lie, for I am the teacher of the Gentiles in the belief of the truth. 8. I desire therefore, that men may pray in every place while they lift up their hands with purity, without wrath and without disputations.
Let’s break out these verses, one by one:
Matthew Henry’s commentary on this text: