He (Jehoahaz) did evil in the eyes of the Lord. —II Kings 13:2
He (Jehoash) did evil in the eyes of the Lord. —II Kings 13:11
As the Leadership of a nation is, so a nation will be. Look at history or
look at today. Leaders of nations are impacting their own nation and the
world. What do you think of when you think of Iran, China or North Korea?
How about Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan or Nigeria? Where are the nations that
champion liberty and justice for all? They are quickly
disappearing.including the U.S. Though we might be a nation which still
experiences great liberty at the moment, there are forces in high places
that are seeking to end that and when you have a nation of people that are
deliberately hiding, communicating falsely or ignorant of how this nation
was founded, then the history of tyranny will eventually repeat itself.
“You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the
religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people
than you are.”— George Washington— First President of the U.S.
“Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in
polite company: I mean hell.” —John Adams— Second President of the U.S.
“The practice of morality being necessary for the well being of society, He
[God] has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that
they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. We all agree in
the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus and nowhere will they be
found delivered in greater purity than in His discourses.” —Thomas
Jefferson— Third President of the U.S.
“A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest, while we are building ideal
monuments of renown and bliss here, we neglect to have our names enrolled in
the Annals of Heaven.”— James Madison— Fourth President of the U.S.
“In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly
linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid
the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of
Christianity.” —John Quincy Adams— Sixth President of the U.S.
quotes from the founders–
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people” (Proverbs
14:34). “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose
for his inheritance” (Psalm 33:12).
The verses above out of the Book of Kings declare the focus of the Kings of
Israel, the northern tribes of the Jewish nation. They were all evil and
they led the nation into judgment as the Lord God Almighty allowed Assyria
to scatter them and they were no more. Evil leaders only lead a nation
astray. As with Israel, there is a line that will be crossed and the Lord
will bring judgment. Have we crossed it? Is that why the nation’s freedoms
are ebbing away?
We are told to pray for those in authority (I Timothy 2:1-5). May we do
Oh Lord God Almighty, may You be pleased to do something special as You have
before with this nation. Only by Your hand can we be saved by Jesus’