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Righteous leaders bring blesssings to their nation

If you desire a life blessed by God, you have to live a life God can bless. Morals matter.
Leaders influence others. Morals make a difference in the boardroom, classroom and courtroom. Respect is earned by discipline and decency. Public figures represent values in both their public and private life. The pastor’s whole life is everybody’s business.
This year, we choose new political leaders. Their values and moral positions are essential to the blessedness of our nation. The people rise no higher than their leadership. As I often heard in college and seminary, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.”
In Jeremiah 44, we find a disobedient, immoral people offering incense to idols and indulging in every type of immoral behavior. Manasseh’s long and evil reign had led to degeneracy of the worst kind, although prosperity was everywhere. Business flourished. There was absence of war. Religion of every persuasion was accepted, along with their licentious practices. Women, especially, were given the false worship. Men approved of their debauchery.
Josiah, who followed Manasseh,  was a reformer. He insisted on worshiping only God. He destroyed the pagan altars and called the nation to repentance. His sweeping reforms were blessed by God, but the heart of the people longed for tolerance without restraint.
Jeremiah prophesied of coming distraction for Israelites because of their unlawful lifestyle. The nation would be expelled from their land and downtrodden by wicked Babylon.
In response to his preaching, the men of Israel concluded, “We intend to do everything that we have undertaken; we will offer sacrifice to the Queen of Heaven and pour out libations to her as we and our fathers, our kings and our state officials, have done in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; for then we had plenty of food, we were prosperous and experienced no misfortune. But from the time we ceased sacrificing to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out libations to her, we have lacked everything, and we have died by the sword and by famine” (Jeremiah 17, 18).
So it appeared that religion did not work. Morals did not matter. Economy and relaxation of control was the only important agenda of the populace. God was relegated as an ancient byproduct of ignorance. The world had come of age. It no longer needed God. Life was grand without his laws.
But it was precisely this apostasy that brought judgment on the people. God provides for his people. He is faithful to those in subjection to him. Prosperity without God is a smokescreen of unreality.
Here are some promises from the Bible: “Every good and perfect gift comes from God, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” “God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.”
He cares for his own. Trust in God rather than the world’s riches. God promises abundant eternal life. The world offers immediate gratification, even though it is only short-lived. Another quick fix can come later, they proclaim.
We need a leader who can restore morale, set our goals above our past and make us believe in a standard higher than our physical passions. We need a leader who is not afraid to tell us we have been wrong.
Popularity achieved through a degenerating society of low moral standards appeals only to our basest nature and destroys national morale. We need discipline to stay on the right path and set a course for the stability of our children.
It is better to have a godly man than a genius of any profession. There may be many ways to solve immediate problems, but there is only one way to obtain the blessings of God, and the mind of Christ.