Proverbs 16 – Abuse of power

Kings detest wrongdoing,
for a throne is established through righteousness.

Proverbs 16:12 NIV

If you’ve study enough history you’ll see a pattern where historical events truly repeat themselves. Kings, heads of state, governmental leaders are dethroned when they join in on wrong doing. That is to say when they Lord their power over their subjects, abuse it and do not bring real justice in the land. You can be sure that their days are numbered.

But when a righteous leader guides his or her people, they don’t need to deceive or twist arms to get people to join them in the pursuits of their vision. People will line up and volunteer.

As soon as they no longer stand up for justice, for what is right, the people lose all confidence and faith in them.

What kind of leader are you? What kind would you rather follow?

One thought on “Proverbs 16 – Abuse of power

  1. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. Those who are in power, but do not adhere to a fundamental truth or power which supersedes their own view themselves as the ultimate authority. the end all and be all of power. What’s worse, we have blurred the distinction between truth and power to the point where they are practically indistinguishable. So those in power become the arbiters of truth itself. I’m trying to write something that fleshes this out a little bit more.

    Also worth mentioning that I find Ron Paul to be a very insightful thinker on this topic. He is actually very knowledgable regarding scripture, and it seems to permeate his thought process to a large degree.

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